Anyone saying Cotto will come in at 157 or 158 is stupid… He fought Floyd at 165 after rehydrating 11 pounds… He has a lot more leeway on the scales for this fight with the catch weight at 159… Rehydrating 11 pounds would put him at 170.. I’ll just say he’ll be 168.Posted May 24, 2014 11:27 pm
The problems Martinez had with his knees in his last 2 fights are still with him.. You wouldn’t see him with those knee sleeves and braces on if he had healthy knees.. He’s 39 years old.. That’s old for a middleweight.
Cotto’s lack of height doesn’t bother him.. He easily out-jabbed Mosley and jabbed the crap out of the 5’11″ Cheato when he was sans plaster… Cheato is taller than Martinez.
I’m looking for Martinez to win do to his speed, power, and better boxing skills… but Cotto will be a good sized middleweight on fight night… He’s not giving up anything size wise… Mike Tyson was 4 inches shorter than Michael Spinks but height disadvantage didn’t bother him.Posted May 24, 2014 11:23 pm
Tumbo – I don’t know about being Cotto being out matched here. Roach is known to have his fighters face opponents with certain vulnerabilities. I think they see something in Martinez that will be exploited. Maybe Miguel wants to fight Canelo after this fight, but he may want a few bargaining chips in his favor for that fight. Will see how it plays out.Posted May 23, 2014 11:44 am
Mike Tyson – good point, but I’m basing my analysis on Martinez’ recent bouts. And, I honestly can say he’s hasn’t shown the same explosiveness that catapulted him to the top of the MW DIVISION. Again, Cotto puts on the boxing clinic of a lifetime here. There’s too much at stake for him not to win. I think he and Roach see something in Martinez that they’ll exploit perfectly. Miguel is as disciplined as any champion could ever hope to be.Posted May 23, 2014 11:27 am
whether it be according to size or weight, Cotto is an undersized and undergunned welterweight. unfortunately for him his bulky build can’t accommodate anything lower than 154lbs any more. just like the 5’10″ Tyson could’ve never accommodated 195lbs. or just like the 5’6″ Qawi could’ve never accommodated 175lbs. Cotto’s got the same problem going back to his days as a jr. welter, which almost cost him dearly in close calls v. the likes of Torres and Corley. nonetheless, he barely carries above-average power for a 154lbr and doesn’t trust his power enough to risk facing Canelo. not even for a guaranteed $10 million.Posted May 23, 2014 9:48 am
Maidana was trying to get an advantage by hydrating 15-16lbs over welterweight. I give him credit, he had a serious game plan. Bully, head butt, barn storm, hit low. And call it boxing…but still came up short as a midget! LolPosted May 23, 2014 3:24 am
Also lets not forget Maidana just weighed like 165 or a tad bit less for the Floyd fight. From what you say he shouldn’t of been able to make 146. He should be fighting at 154 or 160. Ridiculous.Posted May 23, 2014 1:58 am
Really Tark, the same guy that says Martinez can make 154 even though he comes in fight night in the high 160s to low 170s or GGG making 154 when he has never made it before. Stop. Roach has already said Cotto can make 147. Cotto never out grew 147 he just decided to move up. Cotto is a small 154 fighter, he showed that against Trout.Posted May 23, 2014 1:56 am
Just watch trout vs cotto and canelo vs trout. Same tought cotto defense is execelent he score well in the early to middle round and run flat in the later rounds, and gaining weight will make it worst , martinez need constant pressure and right to the end, only a PAC or a Bradley type come to mind.
Straight Right, good eye, martinez I taught was a slugger/boxer is really a boxer with a heavy outside punch, as khan or canelo now. They can’t stand a inside fighter as they can’t fight inside round house punches even there uppercut inside is too slow, there wide shoulder are slowing there inside punch it’s like you ball up your muscle and try to move fast. S
Margarito was beating up Martinez inside and you know Margo is about constant pressure not stop punching. Just as maidana one punch on its was after another..
Sergio never wanted a revenge . Cotto is also a boxer, he can fight inside, he smart and he is about adding points body and head. But he not a high pressure guy, he more about out boxing a fighter.
This bout is simple if Martinez regains form then Cottonis in serious trouble, huge Cotto fan but he’s gonna be in with a guy who has battered some strong MW’s add to that Sergio has quick hands and feet as well as being the bigger man the picture gets tough for the Great Cotto.. Miguel is a high contact fighter and if he starts getting hit early he is gonna bleed and get worn down..Wild Card Martinez physical healthPosted May 22, 2014 8:14 pm
Love-the-Sport-Height and reach are not the factors. SKILLS is the factor. Cotto is BETTER than every Fighter that Martinez has ever fought. Martinez is still BETTER than Cotto though and THAT is why he will WIN. The height and reach are side notes and EXCUSES for taking the LOSS. LOOK at Mike Tyson’s height and reach. Height and reach are not the factors. SKILLS ARE.Posted May 22, 2014 8:09 pm
Martinez is 39 looking for a PPV GGG BRINGS hype and NO real $$$$$$ Cotto is on the short list of guys who can sell a PPV, why avoid GGG? He’s too busy knocking out nobodies in MoroccoPosted May 22, 2014 8:04 pm
Martinez cherry picking a blown up jr welterweight Cotto instead of facing GGG to unify belts at 160. Meaningless fight here.Posted May 22, 2014 6:46 pm
It depends on which Cotto shows up he was never the same after the beating he took by Margecheato with ths palster of Paris gloves…Posted May 22, 2014 6:29 pm
Mike Tyson – I agree the fight can go either way, but I think Cotto’s experience will really be the difference. He’s on the decline in this stage of his career, but so is Martinez. More so Sergio than Miguel. It’s really a toss em fight. Guys that have knocked out Cotto applied pressure nonstop, and that’s not Martinez’ style.Posted May 22, 2014 4:27 pm
Um cotto is over the hill and this fight isn’t going to be good for him. Cotto is decent fighter but he lost one to many steps to have much of a chance in this one.Posted May 22, 2014 3:28 pm
Another way to beat Martinez if he start from the begining is for cotto to alway turn Sergio in and another derection that slde-slip after each encouter and attack back, that would force martinez to throw in another derection. That putting pressure on that knee , anyone who has train knows twisting and a hard effort something will give. That just how he twisted that knee when throwing.
Sergio took some massive hits from JR and there is no way Cotto can come near that power.
I like Cotto but unless he can stay moving and fight outside, hard to do with his small size compared to Sergio, he is going to taste some power shots that will have him taking a knee with a bloody face.
Cotto has the will and heart but he has never been in front of a guy this size who has proven it takes power to stop him cold.
Sergio TKO on poor Cptto in less than 10 rdsPosted May 22, 2014 3:07 pm
And on the other hand I want to see MArtinez the bully get humbled, and I also want cotto to win.
This is a hard fight to call. They about even, so factors will play a large part, and there are too much factors involve, I say this martinez will be faster at the lower weight, if he choice to remain there some what. Not rehydrate. And cotto is the better boxer, but he has indurance problems beside starting slow, and Martinez end strong. The way to beat martinez is inside as margarito did.
I keep going back and forth. Really anything can happen in this fight, it’s that close.Posted May 22, 2014 2:11 pm
Octavius Jomar Chatman
I’m pulling for Cotto….He is going to have to bring his A+ game….His going to have to fight the fight of his life; but I believe he can do it……Posted May 22, 2014 2:00 pm
Marvelous Marvin Hagler came in at 5-9″ 159lbs. he would have knocked out Hopkins, Martinez, Jones, and any other middle weight. Cotto should be ok as far as size is concerned. He took the challenge quit making excuses for him. He gonna get bested anyway so…Posted May 22, 2014 1:22 pm
It’s pretty obvious Cotto’s not a true MW; however, I will definitely say he’s the most skilled fighter Martinez has fought lately. Cotto has the technical skill and will to give Matinez a run for his money. Sergio hasn’t looked too impressive lately, so again I say Cotto by way of boxing clinic. He’s fought way better opposition, and I think it will be the big difference here.Posted May 22, 2014 12:12 pm
@Khans lil cuz,have you peeled the onions cuz??Posted May 22, 2014 11:37 am
Tarks and IDIOT, he will argue that Cotto is perfectly suited to MW today and then argue another guy is too small to move up a single pound next week.. He’s a BONAFIDE fool, Cotto gives up all physical advantages to Martinez at 160 absent age and better kneesPosted May 22, 2014 8:37 am
Hard for me to pull for a guy named “Sergio”.Posted May 22, 2014 7:52 am
This argument is stupid.
In the last 5-10 years, the top middleweight fighters have all been 5’11 or 6’0 or 6’1.
Guys like Hopkins, Taylor, Pavlik are all 5’11, 6’0, or 6’1.
Martinez and Golovkin are 5’10″ and they are shorter. Golovkin is a big heavy 5’10″ while Martinez is a fast, smooth athletic 5’10″.
At 5’7″ Cotto is a short middleweight.
This is an obvious fact. You guys trying to say that Cotto is not short for middleweight are just stupid. I mean wake-up. Cotto’s reach is probably 67-68 inches. He will be at a big disadvantage at this weight.
Martinez should be a big favorite because he has spent the last 5 years beating up guys 3-4-5 inches taller and 10-20-30 pounds heavier. Martinez has overcome much bigger guys.
In this fight, Martinez will be 3-4 inches taller and probably 5 inches longer reach.
So, if Cotto does great it is a HUGE UPSET and it would show how great Cotto is … but he would still be short and small for the weight.Posted May 22, 2014 7:40 am
That’s boxing, if you can make the scale you can hydrate up and to get an advantage. Sometimes is works and some times it doesn’t, Maidana was 17lbs bigger than Floyd. Canelo was 18lbs bigger. PacRoid beats bigger fighters all the time too. Martinez is gonna send Cotto beat up and probably knocked out. Walk around weight and all this mumbo jumbo won’t matter come June 7.Posted May 22, 2014 6:36 am
GGG is a relatively untested fighter, he is not beating up a slew of World Class opponents in this mannerPosted May 22, 2014 6:31 am
Tark, you just wanna argue for the sake of argument, in the modern age Cotto is NOT suited to 160… Why did he wanna face Martinez at 159 then? Small amount but why? Most effective MW’s today are not 5″6 1/2 and you should KNOW this… Broner was close to 160 fight night against Maidana should he fight at MW also? No he dropped back to 140 because he realizes that his assets diminish (strength/power) at WW you moron… Canelo could easily make 175, does that mean he’s LHW? He would be getting in the ring with guys who weigh 190 and are naturally bigger men.. Again I KNOW you just wanna argue, that said Miguel Cotto is no ones campaigning MW his best division used to be 147 even if he pulls it off and beats Martinez.. Just as Floyd’s best fighting weight is 147 now despite some big wins at 154..Posted May 22, 2014 6:29 am
Cotto hitting the MW limit on the scale is not the issue, of that was the case then NO ONE would worry about guys eating themselves up to a higher division.. Problem is walk around weights, fight night weights, physical size in various divisions ie height, reach, density.. Also the ability to hurt and absorb damage from a BIGGER opponent… There is a reason that boxing is NOT loaded with 4 weight Champs, it’s because guys hit a wall physically… Cotto was SMALL in the ring with Trout and would look that way against Canelo in terms of body mass fight night… Martinez has shown he is a dangerous fighter at 160, he an take a punch and stop bigger guys.. Cotto has his work cut out for him if Sergio is healthy enough to fight the way he used to, this aunts Delvin Rodriguez at 154…Posted May 22, 2014 6:20 am
Cotto should make middle weight no problem. He’ll probably come in weighing around 157-158. Martinez the same. It won’t matter even if he was big as Chavez jr. coming in at 180, cause Martinez is gonna chop him down like a tree anyway so…Posted May 22, 2014 5:40 am
Sredmond Cotto hasn’t fought at middleweight yet you dumb sh!tass… He’s going up 6 pounds in weight. You don’t think he’s going to weigh 4 or 5 pounds more than he did for Floyd when he goes against Martinez???
You’re a damned IDIOT… 165 is NOT a small junior middleweight.
Martinez weighed into the ring lighter than 165 for a middleweight title fight. Bernard Hopkins, Emile Griffith, Dick Tiger, Ray Robinson, Mickey Walker, Mike McCallum, Michael Nunn, James Toney and other middleweight champions weighed into the ring at less than 165 for a middleweight title fight … At least 7 of those guys later fought at Light Heavyweight or heavier — so they weren’t small middleweights.Posted May 22, 2014 2:33 am
fu@ you straight right,maggotPosted May 22, 2014 2:20 am
I like Cotto and wish both fighters well, that said the Maravilla that pounded Chavez Jr for 11 rounds would be too much for Cotto…Posted May 22, 2014 12:30 am
Tark when do you have record of Cotto weighing 170 pounds? Sounds like ANOTHER of your ridiculous fabrications man… SMHPosted May 22, 2014 12:27 am
Tark NO ONE with sense is listening to you EVERYONE knows Cotto is a SMALL 154 pounder and certainly SMALL for the MW division… Martinez is not big for the division, yet he looks plenty bigger than Cotto just like Chavez Jr looks bigger and is bigger than Martinez.. Cotto is what 5″6 or 5″7 he’s not suited to MW you idiot but he’s gonna try his hand anyway… LEARN BOXINGPosted May 22, 2014 12:25 am
Cotto can’t make 147. He was 165 for Floyd and Floyd can’t make 150.
It’s the weight not the height… Cotto will be a solid middleweight for Martinez, he’s gotten a lot bigger.
Tyson was a heavyweight and he’s 5’10″…Posted May 21, 2014 11:30 pm
Cotto is a small 154lb fighter. He will be shorter than most 154lb fighters and he can make 147 as Roach has already said.Posted May 21, 2014 11:15 pm
More of Sredmond’s BS.., “Miguel who is a SMALL 154 pounder and nobodys 160 pounder.”
Cotto is NOT a small 154-pounder… He came into the ring at 165 for Floyd.
Cotto will probably weigh into the ring bigger than Martinez. If they both weigh-in at 159 Cotto will weigh 170 into the ring and Martinez about 166. Sergio says he can still make 154. He just got his title chance at 160 so he acclimated to the weight.Posted May 21, 2014 10:39 pm
Cotto vs. Martinez is a good fight that could be a great fight.
Both fighters have big problems.
– Cotto is short (5’7″)
On the other hand:
– Martinez has had bad knees
If you look at the past couple of fights you would say that Martinez has been fighting against bigger stronger guys for 5 years. Williams, Pavlik, Dzinrik, Barker, Chavez, Murray. All of these guys have 3-4-5 inches on Martinez and 10-20-30 pounds heavier on fight night. Even Macklin who has the same height as Martinez is much heavier guy.
This is the first fight in maybe 10 years where Martinez will have 3 inches height and 5-6 inches reach on another fighter. Martinez will have a power advantage as he has knocking guys out who are 10-20-30 pounds heavier. Martinez will probably have the speed advantage. If his knees hold up — Martinez has advantage in footwork and mobility.
You would have to say Martinez is a big favorite. If Cotto puts in a great performance and reaches Martinez body you could have a classic classic classic great fight.Posted May 21, 2014 7:32 pm
Learn how to spell and use prepositions correctly. You sound like an utter fool. Get your own name clown.Posted May 21, 2014 6:05 pm
f~k of straight rightPosted May 21, 2014 4:46 pm
Here’s my prediction: Cotto boxes a masterpiece on Martinez. Both have some good wear and tear on them, but Miguel has more in the tank and a lot more to gain/prove. I see a possible round and/or fight of the year in this one.Posted May 21, 2014 4:30 pm
This is a toss up fight. Martinez looked awful in his last two fights. he should have lost his last. He was slow, couldn’t move and was hit all night. It’s been awhile sinc ehe last fought that only adds to his decline. Cotto’s last fight against Delvin Rodriguez didn’t prove anything. Rodriguez was intimidated and didn’t really want to fight. The moment overwhelmed him and made Cotto look better than he was. Martinez is a much bigger fighter physically, but Cotto has the better technical skills. Age is the question for both. A turning point might just be MSG, which will have a packed house of Puerto Rican followers. Just as fans pushed Roberto Duran years ago against a young strong Davey Moore years ago, these fans may just push Cotto to a victory. The same may happen to Cotto since he has a big fans base. Cotto has to apply pressure and break Martinez down because I don’t think Martinez has the legs to carry him for 12 rounds and doesn’t really know how to fight inside. I’m pulling for Cotto, but the fighter that shows his age first will be the one to lose. I’m taking Cotto to pull off the upset.Posted May 21, 2014 3:18 pm
Martinez KOs Cotto inside 10.Posted May 21, 2014 2:56 pm
Cotto can keep Turning Martinez, side step change the derection all night, garantee Sergio wil throw hard and twist that knee again. Cotto can do that. but not sure cotto a inside fighter that what needed. Cotto was a slow starter,and tireds, Martinez get stronger.
I want Martinez to win and make bid a catch weight fight for PAC , as his trainer said they want this fight first things first. 150 lb or a promise checked fight that martinez can’t go over 165lb margarito rehydrated fight night real weight. Hitting going inside and Fight inside throwing his combo and side slipping w/ out getting hit is manny 1 talent. Margarito beat Sergio to a tko inside. That the key to beat boxer , khan, canelo, you give them too much room it’s dangerous. Onside they throw round house shots . Pac Cross punches are way straighter and get there first.
So I will go with Martinez will win, and they is no ko in this fight.
BILLY NO MEDALS ALL AMERICAN BOY – is an idiot who thinks he can hide behind another name. No wonder everyone talks about him behind his back. If he were any more inbred he’d be a sandwich.Posted May 21, 2014 1:51 pm
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@khans lil cuz!go peel some onions you chilly faced gurkinPosted May 21, 2014 1:44 pm
At this point it appears Cotto has the most left in the tank. However, the size difference may be too much for him to overcome. Could we a war or could be two old looking guys. Time will tell. #KingKhan2014Posted May 21, 2014 11:49 am
Martinez has faced and put some hurt on bigger boxers than Cotto who has always been a high contact fighter, Miguel will need to box the fight of a lifetime to get thru this assuming Maravilla is healthy enough to be himself for another evening…Posted May 21, 2014 11:16 am
I am a huge Cotto fan but if Martinez is strong this is the wrong fight for Miguel who is a SMALL 154 pounder and nobodys 160 pounder.. Martinez looks too big for Cotto and on fight night the MW power and bulk are likely gonna be an issue… Cotto looked small in there with Austin TroutPosted May 21, 2014 11:14 am
IF Cotto can back him up, he can beat that hypocrite Martinez. If Martinez can walk through Cotto’s best shot, it will be a long night for Miguel.Posted May 21, 2014 9:35 am
Not an easy fight considering Martinez has health issues but on fight night if his knees hold up, he’ll make short work of Cotto. If not, the fight will be close and could go either way.Posted May 21, 2014 7:29 am
Agree with bear, I like both these gentlemen. To repeat one or two previous posters it depends which Martinez shows up. If he can recapture his high energy and mobility, he wins by tko. Cottos semi revival has been good to see, though, and I hope he can maintain it.Posted May 21, 2014 6:11 am
Shane Mosely fought EVERYONE
Cotto’s in big trouble.Posted May 21, 2014 4:21 am
the only good thing that comes out of a pig is home curedPosted May 21, 2014 2:12 am
largo has the lurgyPosted May 21, 2014 2:09 am
Resumes actually do matter. Mosley may have faced all those fighters but he didn’t beat those fighters. If Martinez and Cotto were fighting at 147 I would take Cotto. But at 159 Martinez is to big for Cotto and I think he beats Cotto. i am hoping he wins though.Posted May 21, 2014 1:52 am
He cotto is gonna get bit to a pulpo.martinez is me friend.he say he no like cotto.he look like a cholo.he no talk lik a smart guy.ok guys see you later.Posted May 21, 2014 1:14 am
Cotto by stoppagePosted May 21, 2014 12:33 am
This will be a good24/7 – they are all good. Wonder who will be cast as the “villain”Posted May 21, 2014 12:10 am
boxtra- dude do u ever not pick the heavy odds favorite?Posted May 20, 2014 11:24 pm
I hope Cotto beat Martinez. Not sure he will because of his size. Martinez is overrated.Posted May 20, 2014 10:59 pm
Cotto will get busted up in this one, but he has enough power in his left hook to put Martinez on his seat. So, this will be one of those fights where everyone will be hoping Cotto lands one while he’s being steadily out pointed and beat up.Posted May 20, 2014 10:52 pm
Resumes can be overrated. It doesn’t matter who has the better resume. What matters is who has the better SKILLS. IF it was all about resumes then Shane Mosley would be the BEST as he has faced Mayweather, Pacquiao, Cotto, De la Hoya, Canelo, Forrest, and Winky Wright….Martinez clearly has the better SKILLS here and
i like both these guys. cotto has actually improved a lot through his time with good coaches. i like’em bith may the best guy win.
im gonna have to watch more tape before i make my forecast. if serg body does not hold up, he wont be able to limp to a win. who was serg in with last time out? murray and he got a gift? hopefully its not a case of “your only as good as your last time out” for serg martinez. im gonna have to go through serg’s resume. “this cotto” might be serg’s best opponent. serg might be number 3 on cottos list of opponents. this is an imteresting bout given the styles and historiesPosted May 20, 2014 9:21 pm
Ooops. The guy said that Sergio may be 99% ready which means there is a sliver of doubt in his mind. Regardless I DO take Martinez by MERCIFUL stoppage.Posted May 20, 2014 9:11 pm
Midget, I can see that you’re going to spend your life having one epiphany after another, always thinking you’ve finally figured out what’s holding you back, and how you can finally be productive and creative and turn you life around. But nothing will ever change for you, Midget. That cycle of mediocrity isn’t due to some obstacle. It’s who you are, Midget. The thing standing in the way of your dreams is that the person having them, is you, Midget.Posted May 20, 2014 5:13 pm
BILLY NO MEDALS ALL AMERICAN BOY
I have a small willy, but please don’t hold that against me.Posted May 20, 2014 4:58 pm
Bang on midget,unproven wanabes!by the way has Deontey retired?Posted May 20, 2014 4:58 pm
@anonymous.GGG needs to fight some decent guys b4 you can talk about destroying ageing greats.have some respect.you trash talking retardPosted May 20, 2014 4:54 pm
F~k of Anonymous,you pot bellied pigletPosted May 20, 2014 4:36 pm
left hook to the body followed by a right to the head wins it for CottoPosted May 20, 2014 4:32 pm
Martinez ducked GGG because he knows GGG would destroy him fast.Posted May 20, 2014 4:25 pm