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 Last update:  5/13/2014       Read more by Random Hits         
Cotto Explains Why He Rejected Martinez Previously
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Question - Why Fight Martinez now and not 4 years ago?
Miguel Cotto - Everything happens at the time it needs to happen. I do not push destiny. Boxers take different paths in their career and those roads don’t always come together. If someone would have told me that I would be fighting for a world championship at 160 pounds four years ago I would have not thought possible. But here I am looking to make history – becoming the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four different weight divisions.

This is the kind of fight that always has been talked about and now is becoming a reality.  I think it is a perfect timing to make it happen. We both have had our moments over our careers. I feel good and satisfied that it’s happening at this stage of my career. I feel totally renewed and with a fresh mind to come in and do my job on June 7.

We as fighters always want to fight the best possible opponents and the best fights. We want the fans and media to be excited about the fights that we have. I know believe that this is a big fight and people want to see it, I'm not sure that was the case a few years back.

I believe that I given the fans the best fights that I can. I fought some of the best fighters at 140, 147 and 154 pounds and now here I am facing the best at 160. For me boxing has always been about challenges and competing and this one more fight that proves that point.

The fact that this fight is taking place now is just destiny, nothing to do with politics or avoidance is just the right time to do this fight and to enjoy to great fighters getting in the ring and showing, who is the best.

I am ready to make history and to prove once more that I am still one of the best fighters in the world.   

Face Off: Cotto/Martinez debuts Saturday, May 17 at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.

 “2 Days: Sergio Martinez” premieres Saturday, May 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning series “24/7 Cotto/Martinez” premieres Saturday, May 31 at 11:15 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Cotto vs. Martinez happens Saturday, June 7 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tags: Sergio Martinez , Miguel Cotto , Cotto-Martinez , Cotto vs. Martinez


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comment by B0XEO, on 05-14-2014
Wow i didn't know Cotto would be the first PR fighter to win 4 titles in 4 divisions if he wins this fight. This is huge. A win could put him in the the top 2 or 3 PR fighters of all time. The pressure's on :boxing:

comment by AntonTheMeh, on 05-14-2014
[QUOTE=-Kev-]Why would he? It was the biggest money fight TR could offer. Besides, Cotto wasn't exactly treated fairly by Arum and the WBO. He was basically forced to defend his title at 145 or be stripped and Pac would fight for the vacant WBO title vs some one else. Arum basically threw Cotto ...

comment by AntonTheMeh, on 05-14-2014
[QUOTE=Mr.Fantastic]Why did Cotto wait for Williams to vacate to fight Jennings for that WBO(who hands them out like candy to PR boxers) belt?[/QUOTE] you've been at this for half a decade. your fa99ottry knows no bounds.

comment by Dirk Diggler UK, on 05-14-2014
[QUOTE=LarryXXX]4 years ago Cotto just moved to 154, yet he was suppose to fight the middleweight champ?[/QUOTE] Martinez had just moved to middleweight and was willing to go down to 154 to fight Cotto or Mayweather.

comment by Mr.Fantastic, on 05-14-2014
[QUOTE=Bigg Rigg]Implying he wait for him to vacate cuz he was maybe scared or thought he couldn't beat him.[/QUOTE] Not sure if he could/couldn't but one thing that is a fact, he waited for Williams to vacate to fight for the belt against Jennings.

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