Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez hosted their final press conference Wednesday to talk about their eagerly-anticipated PPV world title collision taking place on Saturday night at the “Mecca of Boxing” Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Sergio Martinez: I come prepared. I come to box. I come to fight. I come to be in a war. On Saturday we’ll finish the talking and see the reality.
Miguel Cotto: I’m prepared for a war. It’s good for us to hear Sergio is ready for a war too, because that’s what people are gonna see. A real war.
Martinez trainer Pablo Sarmiento: I’m sorry Freddie, but for the second time in a row, you’ll be 0-2 (against Sergio Martinez).
Cotto trainer Freddie Roach: Miguel is the most disciplined fighter that I have ever trained…I’d like to wish Martinez good luck, he’s gonna need it.
A lot of terms get thrown around recklessly by boxing fans, and “shot” is one of them. Neither Miguel Cotto nor Sergio Martinez are truly finished as fighters, and that’s not going to be the point of what I’m saying here. What I will say, however, is that there’s a worthy question about this Saturday’s HBO pay-per-view main event.
Why buy a fight that features two fighters who are unquestionably past their prime days, with limited future remaining in the sport, both of them openly fighting only for money?
Now, there’s another thing I don’t want anyone to misunderstand. Of course they’re fighting for money. Obviously they are. This is their career, and at 33 (Cotto) and 39 (Martinez), money is undoubtedly the No. 1 reason to keep fighting. Neither of them really have anything left to prove, or at least nothing they’re going to be able to prove at this stage of their careers. Money is the reason. Money is always the reason in boxing.
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