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 Last update:  5/20/2014       Read more by David P. Greisman         
   
Cotto Fight Big For Martinez’s Legacy, DiBella Says
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by David P. Greisman

Sergio Martinez was already deserving of respect, but his accomplishments are not fully appreciated, according to his promoter, Lou DiBella, who says that it a win in the June 7 bout with Miguel Cotto that will finally get the middleweight champion more widespread recognition.

“I think he’ll get that respect, and I think that he’ll also get respect for the obstacles he’s overcome in the course of a career where he was virtually unknown until almost his mid-30s and has had a string of fights and title defenses that rival the opposition that any great fighter has fought,” DiBella said on a May 20 news conference call. “He’s also fought through a lot of chronic injuries and fought through a lot of the politics of boxing. So I think ultimately he will get the credit that he deserves.

“He’s also proven himself time and time again. I think he’s going to prove himself again on June 7 in front of a huge pay-per-view audience, in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden. I think that his legacy keeps growing. The people that know give him the respect he deserves. Before he’s done, I think that respect will be universal.”

DiBella said he shouldn’t have needed to beat Miguel Cotto for that to happen.

“But the reality is this is a huge fight,” he said. “This is in the biggest arena, the most famous arena in the world. It’s against the most proven pay-per-view fighter that he’s ever fought, the biggest name fighter he’s ever fought. So in terms of Sergio’s legacy, I’m not going to pretend —this fight is huge.”

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



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comment by Hougigo, on 05-21-2014
[QUOTE=Weebler I]Good for his popularity, not his legacy. Cotto is clear underdog.[/QUOTE] and his wallet

comment by ChampBox@PR, on 05-20-2014
Cotto is outboxing the shit out of Martinez, Martinez will look clueless. How many great technical fighters have Martinez ever fought? a big "0" He is in for a rude awakening.

comment by Bigg Rigg, on 05-20-2014
War Cotto!!!

comment by Weebler I, on 05-20-2014
Good for his popularity, not his legacy. Cotto is clear underdog.

comment by ColdBlooded, on 05-20-2014
Cotto's a very good fighter, but not at 160. I don't see how a win over him does much for Martinez's legacy. If Cotto had proven himself at 160 first, then maybe. As it is, what we have here is a good, middle top 10 154 lber moving up. This is sort of like when Martinez fought Dzinziruk, except D...

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