This past Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto made history by becoming the first Puerto Rican fighter to win 4 titles in 4 different divisions. He did it by destroying Sergio Martinez. The fight was stop seconds into the 10th round as Martinez trainer stopped the fight.
Miguel Cotto came out aggressive as I expected he would but I never imagined that he would end up hurting much less dropping Martinez in the first round. Not only did he knock him down but he ended knocking him down 3 times. I would be lying if it didn’t cross my mind that Cotto was going to win this fight in the first round. No boxing fan out there expected to see what transcribed in the first round. In that first round, I could see that Martinez knee was not as healed as I had come to expect.
Martinez never seemed to recover from that first round beating as he looked uncomfortable throughout the fight. He never seemed to get into a rhythm. Cotto was just a different beast in the ring. He control every round except for one that I gave to Martinez but he clearly look like a handicapped fighter fighting a raging bull in Cotto.
I give credit to Martinez for not coming up with excuses but the reality is that Martinez knee gave up on him in that first round. I also mention in my pre fight analysis that Martinez style of fighting with his hands down wasn’t the way to fight Cotto. And that first left hook that Cotto landed was a result of Martinez lack of defense and inability to keep his hands up.
Couple questions that came up to me after the fight. Why did Martinez did not take a tune up fight to test his knees? And was this last fight for Martinez? I think Martinez was put in a very difficult situation. Had Sergio Martinez taken a tune up fight and his knees had given up on him, he would have lost the opportunity to make the money he made on the Cotto fight and we would have never seen Saturday’s fight. Regarding Martinez last fight, Sergio stated that he hasn’t yet thought about retirement but after last Saturday painful performance, I would be in favor of his hanging up the gloves. Martinez gave boxing fans some entertaining fights and he will be missed but Boxing fans don’t want him to go out any worse than Saturday.
As far as Cotto, he resurrected his career with that performance. He looked great. I think Cotto has around 5 fights left in his tank. He has couple offers out there. Some of the fights out there could be: Cotto vs Canelo, Cotto vs Mayweather 2, Cotto vs Golovkin, Cotto vs Quillin, Cotto vs Lara, etc. This last one is if Lara beats Canelo in July. The Cotto vs Mayweather 2 fight will not happen. I don’t think Floyd wants anything to do with the Cotto that fought on Saturday. I would love to see Cotto defend his middleweight belt at least once. It would be great to see Cotto vs GGG in December of this year. But, expect to see Cotto vs Canelo later this year.
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