By Miguel Rivera
Former three division champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31KOs) has no idea what WBC middleweight Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28KOs) is talking about - with respect to Martinez's claim that Cotto disrespected him several years ago at the ESPN studios in Mexico.
Sampson Lewkowicz, adviser to Martinez, says the fight with Cotto is very personal because the Puerto Rican star allegedly snubbed Martinez when he made an attempt to shake hands. Martinez, in a separate interview, made claims that Cotto was allegedly rude and abusive to the ESPN staff.
"Martinez said he would never going to ever forget that day. Now Cotto has a problem because this is very personal," said Lewkowicz to Carlos Narvaez. "Sergio was humiliated in front of everyone."
"With [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr., that was not personal. [Sergio] only felt that his title was taken away [without entering the ring]. With Cotto this is personal. He is so motivated by what happened. This is not for sport or for the championship. He is going to want to [pay] Cotto [back for what he did]."
Cotto denies the allegations.
"I've never had a falling out with him. That is not true. We had no falling out of any kind. Never [would I do anything like that], I have always been a gentleman," Cotto responded to Carlos Narvaez.
Gabriel Peñagarícano, Cotto's legal adviser, is well aware of Martinez's allegations and heard them several times over the years. He believes the situation was likely a simple misunderstanding.
The fight takes place in June 7th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.