TUMBO Yep, IF Cotto wins he may have another TWO fights left, if so then one SHOULD be against Canelo if Canelo turns in a stellar performance vs Angulo. Some say that Cotto’s main goal for facing Martinez is a rematch vs Mayweather, who may not be interested in a second fight. His only other option (after a possible optional tune-up fight) is Canelo. A fight vs GGG aint gonna happen, not because GGG is great, but mainly because GGG still isn’t a big enough PPV name, which Canelo surly is. Cotto says that he’d looking for the biggest fights out there. Which other than Canelo?? hmm… Cotto, who’s reputation has for facing the best has never been questioned but… his highly respected reputaion will surely suffer grave consequences will if he doesn’t face Canelo. Paz Carnal!!Posted February 21, 2014 5:49 am
Q-Vo EZ E. i agree with your assessment that I may be VERY correct or close to it and/or just a bit wrong. i already got a bead on Cotto’s status, which is verging on retired. Martinez is a bit trickier but if he shows up revived and motivated by the opportunity to grasp Cotto’s remaining spotlight, this bout is not going the distance. Cotto’s never fought anyone who socks as hard as Martinez and his chin isn’t the best in boxing. he’s also giving up height, reach, and speed and will have to deal with the unorthodox angles constantly created by the southpaw Martinez. this could very well be Cotto’s final fight and not even for the guaranteed $10 million offered by Canelo. afterwards, i’ll continue to enjoy Enema’s spiraling descent into pendijitis Hell . . . Peace to EZ E.Posted February 20, 2014 11:51 am
I would like to bang that chick behind Miguel. Sergio would like to bang all those other people.Posted February 19, 2014 10:01 pm
Jonn E. JaGozza
Cotto was a great fighter with a heart of a warrior, However, he changed trainers and ended with Roach too late in his career. He should have done tht back in 2008/2009 before he lost to Pacquio and Margaqrito. Now it ‘s too much, too late and sadly to say his prime is over, sure he’ll win a few more fights but i doubt he’ll win any more titles and the fight against Martinez is the worst mistake he’s ever made, Fighters can sometimes get it all back but NOT when age is working agaisnt you He ‘s an old fighter ibut still in his 30’s .. A ssd tale indeed .. PEACE …Theboxing dictionary.com …The Language of the Ring”Posted February 19, 2014 7:32 pm
TUMBO!! Q-VO! Mira Carnal, you might be VERY correct or.. close to it and/or.. a bit wrong. What makes this fight all the more interesting is not about Cotto. It’s NOT about Martinez has accomplished in the past neither. It’s more like what he HASN’T accomplished in his last few fights. First, he didn’t look good at all vs Darren Barker and followed that one with another sub-par performance vs Matthew Macklin. Yes, he looked sharp in 11 out of 12 rounds against Chavez Jr, but let’s not forget that it was the first time Julio Jr actually faced a top tier fighter. Yeah, Maravilla got kind’a careless at the end, but he was pitching a shutout. Aside from the close call it could be considered a creditable win. But then… Martinez reverted back to his 2 previous fights before Chavez Jr. with verdict over Martin Murray, which wasn’t too well received in general, other than by his home town fans. Had the fight taken place in England…?? Add inactivity & surgery on to that and… we have an interesting fight. Two years ago I would’ve thought that Cotto was making a BIG mistake, but now?? hmmm.. His chances have gotten better.. on paper (?) because of the intangibles surrounding Martinez more so than Cotto. Cotto is the smaller man, he’s facing a fighter Sergio’s caliber in his FIRST 160Lb fight, he’s seen better days, many say he’s been on a slide since the first Margarito fight., among other things. But.. it’s the questions actually pertaining to Martinez in general that makes many fans (NOT just the Cotto/Boricua fans) believe that he can pull it off. Here on the Island gyms, about 65% of the objective knowledgeable insiders tend to believe that MARTINEZ will prevail. The majority of those say by a competitive decision, a few predict by late round stoppage. But there are others who point to those 3 of Sergio’s last four fights and say that he hasn’t gotten any better nor any younger. Oh well… Paz y respeto para carnal TUMBO, peace to all!!Posted February 19, 2014 4:42 pm
It’s not like Martinez would give a rematch to JC Chavez. Martinez wants to retire in style, facing a smaller and worn out warrior of the past. It should be a tough match though; while Cotto is years past his prime, it is also true that Martinez is aging rapidly, as shown in his last fight, and has been struggling with shoulder injuries, so at least it should be competitive.Posted February 19, 2014 4:31 pm
This fight is exciting FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS!Posted February 19, 2014 4:06 pm
PEEJ – Go look it up, it’s everywhere…I looked it up after I posted just in case, and yes, it was a 158lb catch weight, it’s even on Boxrec.Posted February 19, 2014 12:26 pm
Cheese Cake In New York
Freddie Roach I wuv you berry much man !!!Posted February 19, 2014 6:47 am
We’re preparing for the best version of Martinez. We’re not banking on a rusty or shop worn Martinez. The key to victory is simple, we box this guy. Martinez has no power coming forward, so Cotto will fight him on the back foot. We’re gonna make him over extend and then make him pay while being defensively responsible.Posted February 19, 2014 3:12 am
Another old man bum fight , zzzzzzzzzz.Posted February 19, 2014 12:56 am
i think Cotto’s getting KTFO. Martinez is fully acclimated to middle. Cotto’s been carefully matched-up ever since he claimed 154lbs. otherwise, he’s been convincingly defeated. barring a catastrophic “old-overnight” collapse, Martinez will take Cotto into deeper waters and Drop him repeatedly, with power and precision, before a predictably-fatigued Cotto concedes defeat . . . and “Junito” may not even collect $10 million for his troubles.Posted February 19, 2014 12:53 am
Cotto wins, break down Sergio why? Martinez hold the left hand low so you can’t see it, its good till the top boxer, but cotto knows about this this that why floyd could not get his jab going or to set up his right hand, he still could pop or lead with the right hand, that chamge to fight for Floyd, other than that they were pretty even.
Martinez can’t move as well anymore, when the last time you seen him use the square u as a bait. Long long ago. He doesnt do well with better boxer than him, and he do t know this,and cotto one of the best tackable boxer there are, that low left will make him eat cotto right hand counter in the exchange . And cotto have a hard body shot and Sergio can’t take body shots will slow him down for after the middle rounds.Posted February 19, 2014 12:15 am
Except for PacPosted February 19, 2014 12:14 am
Peej, Martinez competitions would beat the crap out of Cotto’s competitionPosted February 19, 2014 12:11 am
What’s up cotto! Back to the basic break him down!Posted February 18, 2014 11:33 pm
If there was any time to catch Martinez on the downslide while a fight with him still means anything, this is the time.Posted February 18, 2014 11:28 pm
If Cotto can move in close and make it an inside fight he wins but if Cotto allows Sergio to fight Tall and keep the distance, Sergio will pop Cotto all night.Posted February 18, 2014 11:20 pm
I like Cotto but Martinez is real tough guy for him. He will lose by KO.Posted February 18, 2014 11:12 pm
Yeah I hope I hit the lotto too!Posted February 18, 2014 10:54 pm
Gallinas de Puelto Lico
I hope Martinez knocks out Cotto. Cotto “el joto” is in trouble.Posted February 18, 2014 10:36 pm
The Akbar One
Cotto is a lackluster opponent for Martinez. Cotto has lost two of his last three, but Cotto is still a name. Martinez is coming off surgery, and more than likely would have faced some middleweight can, as a tune up fight. Due to that, I don’t really have an issue with him using Cotto as a tuneup.Posted February 18, 2014 10:35 pm
Roy Jones was one of the most physically-gifted boxers of all time. Roy’s problem was when his reflexes left him, he was out of “bullets” and became just a regular fighter. A fighter who relied on those super human reflexes and never had to learn or rely on the boxing craft.Posted February 18, 2014 10:26 pm
Actually your the one who is wrong. The catch weight was for 157 and Martinez didn’t make weight. I don’t make anything up. I just talk facts. I could care less what anyone thinks of me. You have no boxing knowledge. None.Posted February 18, 2014 10:16 pm
Remember what happen to Roy jones the other clown! This is where SM learn to fight!Posted February 18, 2014 10:12 pm
Umm… Martinez has fought many “real boxers.”Posted February 18, 2014 10:07 pm
Martinez can’t beat cotto coz cotto is no chavez jrPosted February 18, 2014 9:58 pm
That’s why I said he is going to run he won’t get away with that with real boxer!Posted February 18, 2014 9:57 pm
Then you don’t know boxing. If you can fight with your hands down by your side and get away with it, not get hit, and win the fight, that’s your opponent’s problem.Posted February 18, 2014 9:48 pm
Boxing with your hands to your side acting like a clown is not boxing my friend!Posted February 18, 2014 9:45 pm
Martinez doesn’t “run.” He boxes. Boxing = hit, try not to get hit. Boxing isn’t about using your face to block punches then trying to punch the other guy.Posted February 18, 2014 9:40 pm
A well thought-out article! This should be a good competitive fight. Cotto has some ring miles on him and is moving up in weight vs Martinez who is literally falling apart but you can never count out. I love and respect both of these guys, but this is a fight amongst old lions. The winner of this fight will only have bragging rights until they step into the ring with the soon to be new alpha male at 160 — GGG.Posted February 18, 2014 9:35 pm
He chose to fight the smaller fighter cotto the only way he wins this fight is by running! If he mans up and fights cotto will break him down!Posted February 18, 2014 9:30 pm
Lets get real SM doesn’t want to fight GGG!Posted February 18, 2014 9:24 pm
Cotto would take canelo to school!Posted February 18, 2014 9:20 pm
Public Enemy – LOL Yup!Posted February 18, 2014 8:57 pm
As far as glorified sparring matches go, this certainly tops anything Floyds offered up so far.Posted February 18, 2014 8:43 pm
Public Enemy – LOL That was pretty funny, there’s only ONE comment on the Canelo vs Angulo article and yet everyone’s on this one, hmmm…wonder which fight is bigger? Take a wild guess lolPosted February 18, 2014 8:39 pm
The author of the article is confused. Professional boxing is not like professional football or professional baseball or professional basketball or professional soccer or professional tennis …
There is no tournament.
There are boxers that people like to watch.
Boxers that people like to watch get the best fights.
Fans love Cotto.
Cotto can get any fight he wants … “Deserve” got nothing to do with it.Posted February 18, 2014 8:26 pm
te tumb – Canelo hasn’t fought a fraction of the elite level fighters Cotto has faced…if they both retired today, one gets inducted into the hall of fame and the other doesn’t…can you guess who? EAZY! Canelo is a puppy, right now Cotto is going for a championship in his FOURTH weight division, what has Canelo done? Minus getting humiliated last time out and having beat ONE legit 154ler (Trout)…I’ll tell you, NOTHING!! Cotto has done far MORE in boxing than Canelo has, and maybe ever will, Canelo would have to fight as high as up as 205lbs (4 divisions) to break even with Cotto.Posted February 18, 2014 8:09 pm
PEEJ – WRONG! The Williams rematch was for the 160lb championship that Martinez took from Pavlik, the “catch weight” that Williams requested was for 158, NOT 157 and Martinez weighed in at 157.5, he MADE weight. Quit making stuff up.Posted February 18, 2014 7:46 pm
Cotto is not avoiding a prime anyone. Never has. He’s trying to make history and get a fourth division world title. Martinez is still the most well known middleweight despite GGG’s rise. He wont have to defend this belt if he wins, and if he does decide to defend it. You’ll see Mayweather and Pacquio for likely opponent’s. There wont fight a middleweight, but they will if hes a pumped up welterweight and aging Cotto.Posted February 18, 2014 7:21 pm
COTTO COTTO!!!Posted February 18, 2014 7:02 pm
GGG bashes all the middleweights, Quillan thanking his lucky stars he is with show timePosted February 18, 2014 6:54 pm
This is by no mean a mismatch, canelo will be on the cards of he beats Martinez but I’m not convincedPosted February 18, 2014 6:52 pm
. . . as well as Roach’s instinct for setting up potential mismatches in favor of his fighter.Posted February 18, 2014 6:44 pm
the anticipation that Martinez is indeed coming apart at the seams is the primary reason that Cotto continues to avoid a prime Canelo in favor of Martinez for less money. Cotto’s instinct for self-preservation becomes apparent, once again.Posted February 18, 2014 6:44 pm
Martinez did look pretty gimpy in his last 2 fights… In my view Murray had the better of him. He would have lost that fight in neutral territory.
Now if Martinez gets his knees pulled together he will probably win. He’s old though. He’ll be like 38 or 39. Trout was a tall southpaw who’s at least as big as Martinez — and he boxed the ears off of Cotto.
Cotto looked great in his last fight against a walkover opponent. He has a fresh attitude with Freddie Roach training him. I believe Martinez will win but I wouldn’t apply any money to the idea. I think it’ll be very interesting because Martinez’s age and knees are the wild cards.Posted February 18, 2014 6:15 pm
Good fight. Can’t wait for this one.Posted February 18, 2014 6:05 pm
Sad Ken.., “To say Khan has “no chance” is ridiculous.”
Khan has a chance. You have a chance to win another huge lottery prize, even if you just won 300 million dollars 3 months ago. You can’t win again if you don’t acquire a ticket somehow. The worst boxer could beat the best by dint of a punch if he gets a fight with him.
But we’re talking about a realistic chance—not how likely it is that you could get mauled by a polar bear and a regular bear on the same day.Posted February 18, 2014 6:00 pm
Stop sleeping on my man cotto your guys are in for surprise!Posted February 18, 2014 4:55 pm
No he is not the King of 154. Martinez can’t even make 154.Posted February 18, 2014 4:51 pm
Sergio its the King from 154 to 160……..he wd K’0 fraud maywheater at 154Posted February 18, 2014 4:50 pm
Sergio will crush cottos bones then the King wil take care of GGGPosted February 18, 2014 4:45 pm
Its a glorified sparring match, there’s no animosity between these two Martinez uses his height and reach and boxes his way to a decisionPosted February 18, 2014 4:44 pm
martinez shreds cotto like motzerella cheese, but gets beat up by GGG..YUUP!Posted February 18, 2014 4:34 pm
Martinez is going to shred Cotto unless he’s a gimp. If we’re to believe Martinez’ claim that he’s going to fight GGG in the fall this is a glorified tuneup.Posted February 18, 2014 4:09 pm
Cotto and Martinez are my favorites. Most likely a majority decision fight result. Both will come in at their very best and both have styles which are exciting to watch. For Cotto to win, he has to get the points during the first 6 rounds to make up a little bit of losing after that since he gets tired right after 6 rounds.Posted February 18, 2014 4:04 pm
Nope seen the size of fury? Don’t want your face of the receiving side of that much weight.LOLPosted February 18, 2014 4:04 pm
Not at Heavy thoughPosted February 18, 2014 4:01 pm
He want to fight on, he don’t get hit too much and has experience the worse so he might be ok to slowly work the best fighter up.Posted February 18, 2014 3:55 pm
Yeah thought I read Ishida is wanting to move to Heavyweight.Posted February 18, 2014 3:51 pm
Got to give Ishida credit he fought Martinez, fought James kirtland, fought GGG, only GGG ko Ed him but he got up too late.
Well if GGG would stop ducking Martinez, maybe they could get it on. GGG was full of challenges while Martinez was injured, yet when Martinez only the other day called out GGG for after the Cotto bout there was silence. This is normal from GGG camp, just like when many other fighters have called out GGG he is very quiet. Well that is until they are scheduled again, or injured, or can’t get TV rights. Yep, ‘the illusion’ keeps ducking any fighter of substance while facing the mighty forces of Lee, Stevens, Ishida, Macklin, Adama, all guys who had been ruined by real champs before him.Posted February 18, 2014 3:19 pm
Now I get it derespected him how? Martinez remember that last picture when he wom the Paul William fight and had his king crown put on for the picture..
What was Sergio excluse for hating cotto? Once when them were together in the same place cotto disrespected him, what was it cotto never gave him the nod? LOL
I do hope Cotto beats the overrated Martinez up though.Posted February 18, 2014 3:00 pm
Actually in the first fight Williams weighed 157 while Martinez weighed in at 159. In the rematch Williams weighed 156 and Martinez 157 and 1/4. Technically he was over weight because the contracted weight was 157.Posted February 18, 2014 3:00 pm
Martinez lost to margarito at 147 lb. By Ko.
Martinez alway has been a bully, calling fighter lower in weight as a pass time, PAC, Floyd jr Chavez, and cotto, targeting them and bad mouthing them for some stupid reason.
Well here your bad blood cotto who going to be pounding you and slowing you with body shots, the time has come to see if you can back up that bad mouth of your.
HUGE fan of both these guys…yes, this fight is about 3 years too late, but as the writer points out, it’s still a good fight cause of their current status’, Martinez is on the decline and Cotto (as of late) has struggled against the elite, which sort of levels the playing field. Yes, Cotto’s resume pisses on Martinez’s, but styles make fights and you can’t say their styles won’t make for an interesting, maybe, great fight.Posted February 18, 2014 12:53 pm
Considering Martinez is the champion, hard to say neither can beat a champion or the top guys. Rodriguez is a good fighter and Cotto dispatched of him with ease. Not saying Rodriguez is a champ or an elite fighter but nobody has been able to do that to him. As for Martinez, well I am hoping Cotto dispatches him.Posted February 18, 2014 11:45 am
This fight is years too late. Both are way past their primes, and both have been inactive for awhile. Martinez looked like an old man last time he fought and should have lost, and Cotto fought a scared fighter that wanted no part of him. Their names are carrying this fight, and both should get a good pay day, but neither can beat the champions or the top guys. Interesting fight of the oldies.Posted February 18, 2014 11:40 am
Martinez did not fight no prime Pavlik. Pavlik was never the same after what Hopkins did to him. As a matter of fact Martinez beat a Pavlik who had done a few stints in rehab and they thought Martinez would be an easy fight to come back on. Unfortunately they where wrong. Pavlik was actually winning till he got cut also. But that is part of the sport.Posted February 18, 2014 11:26 am
Can you imagine cotto vz kelly pavlic who would you have winning ?Posted February 18, 2014 11:24 am
Martinez fought and beat prime kelly pavlic who has a lot of power I’m pretty sure he handles cotto with easePosted February 18, 2014 11:22 am
Bo Bo Olson
three inches in height + six inches in reach is 9 full inches of advantage….bet on the big guy.Posted February 18, 2014 11:17 am
I think they based this fight on Martinez lack luster performance in his last fight where he clearly lost and also cottos performance against rodriguez and mayweather( lets not talk Austin trout he whipped cotto worse then mayweather)Posted February 18, 2014 11:08 am
to right.Posted February 18, 2014 10:48 am
Martinez comp comes no where close to the comp Cotto has faced. Martinez career is overrated.Posted February 18, 2014 10:44 am
Hidalg0 – Totall agree. “Cotto…hasn’t been a World Champion for close to two years.” Lol. Like world titles mean anything. Cotto is still twice the fighter most current world title hodlers are.Posted February 18, 2014 10:25 am
“Some analysts, for one, remain puzzled as to how Cotto has exactly earned this fight.”
How is it that Miguel Cotto, of all boxers, has to “earn” this fight?
“Cotto…hasn’t been a World Champion for close to two years.”
What does this have to do with anything? Miguel Cotto is a viable opponent for any champion in any weight class than he can fight in. Ask Martinez if he cares whether Cotto has been a champion in the last two years. He won’t.
“After all, Cotto has 3 inches less in height, 6 inches less in reach and would be going up to an unnaturally high weight.”
These stats are important. Sergio will look to capitalize on these physical advantages that he has over Miguel. And he will be effective at doing it. But he will have to bounce around the ring all night long, fighting behind his jab, hoping to potshot his way to a victory. Cotto has the will and durability to walk through Martinez’s shots, but will he get the chance?Posted February 18, 2014 10:20 am
martinez one of the biggest over hyped champs at 160 ever.Posted February 18, 2014 10:03 am
martinez one of the biggest hype champs at 160 ever.Posted February 18, 2014 10:00 am
golovkin crushes ‘em allPosted February 18, 2014 8:23 am
he’s not afraid of of canelo. he’s cashing out which he has earned the right to do.it’s a tune-up fight for sergio to knock the rust off and then will fight golovkin and do some cashing out of his own.Posted February 18, 2014 8:22 am
Still better than whatever Mayweather v. ANYONE NOT NAMED MANNY PACQUIAO.Posted February 18, 2014 6:52 am
Get over it
It depends which Cotto shows up he looked good in his last fight. But he wanst really tested he should have fought Canelo. He showed he was scared.Posted February 18, 2014 6:51 am
I have a feeling that Mayweather will fight the winner for the title especially if its Cotto.Posted February 18, 2014 6:50 am
This is why this match is competitive, because both fighters are in decline. Cotto has been active and Martinez is on a comeback.Posted February 18, 2014 6:30 am
Interesting fight but its still It racketeering, which has always been around but these days our more liberal friends accept it as just part of boxing.Posted February 18, 2014 6:12 am
This fight is a product of Martinez wanting to fight anyone but 3G.Posted February 18, 2014 5:47 am