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Lou DiBella: Cotto Fight is Huge For Martinez's Legacy

By Robert Morales

WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, of Argentina, has had his own terrific career. His most impressive moments were a second-round knockout of Paul Williams and a 12-round unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September 2012. However, Martinez is definitely not as universally recognized as Miguel Cotto. Martinez's promoter, Lou DiBella, agrees and said that Martinez must beat Cotto in order to change that.

"He shouldn’t have to, but this is a huge fight in the most famous arena in the world against the most proven pay-per-view fighter he has ever fought and the biggest name fighter he has ever fought, so in terms of Sergio’s legacy I’m not going to pretend – this fight is huge," DiBella said.

Cotto-Martinez takes place on Saturday night from Madison Square Garden in New York City. HBO Pay-Per-View will distribute.

Robert Morales covers boxing for the Los Angeles Daily News and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 06-06-2014

How? He didn't do anything to deserve that shot and he's coming up in weight. Cotto is also 1-2 in his last 3 fights. How does it enhance legacy? I don't get it. What he needs to do to enhance…

Comment by bigjavi973 on 06-06-2014

[QUOTE=turnedup;14630024]Huge for Sergio's legacy = You won't be able to fk with Sergio in negotiations anymore after he layeth the smacketh on the hoeth cotto. People will read into this way too much..this is all about respect and money...Cotto is…

Comment by Fantasiabruja on 06-06-2014

[QUOTE=turnedup;14630825]Go look at miguel's Boxrec since he beat mosley..get back to me on that cuz. As I said I rode hard for Cotto, let the facts speak for themselves....he's got one more belt than those guys I mentioned do..it ends…

Comment by Njord777 on 06-06-2014

I think Martinez and Cotto are both past prime but, for me, it doesn't diminish this fight it ADDS to it. I'm in that group that feels a few years ago this wouldn't have been a fight because Sergio would…

Comment by Fantasiabruja on 06-06-2014

This fight will not make Cotto an ATG just like it won't really do much for Martinez legacy. This fight is just a great fight for true boxing fans.

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