Advertisement
Advertisement

Macklin's Trainer: How Can They Say Martinez is Great?

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Buddy McGirt has nothing against Sergio Martinez.

The former two-division champion just doesn’t think Martinez is a great fighter. The more Matthew Macklin’s trainer hears the word “great” attached to Martinez’s name, the more skeptical McGirt gets.

“How the heck can they say he’s great?,” said McGirt, whose fighter will challenge Martinez for middleweight supremacy Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. “He’s good. He’s very good, and I respect him as a champion. I respect any man that climbs up those stairs. I respect any man who wins a world championship. I respect him.

“But who has Martinez beaten to say that he’s great? Paul Williams? [Makes game show buzzer sound.] Kelly Pavlik? [Makes game show buzzer sound.] He fought Margarito and what happened? Is Margarito great? Hell, no. So how the f*** can this guy be great?

"As an old-school fighter, the word great is big to me. I know they use the word great to get the fans. I understand that and I respect that. But when you say great middleweights, you have Gene Fullmer, Carmen Basilio, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran. So when you say great, is [Martinez] great? He’s not great. Very good? Yes.”

Nevertheless, McGirt admitted Macklin must perform almost perfectly to upset Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) in their 12-round fight for The Ring magazine and WBC diamond middleweight crowns (HBO; 10 p.m. ET). McGirt has trained England’s Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) to be particularly cautious of falling into the traps that the unconventional Argentine southpaw sets so masterfully.

“I’m not knocking Martinez,” said McGirt, who won junior welterweight and welterweight world titles during his 15-year pro career. “I like Martinez as a person and I like him as a fighter. But I’m a firm believer in that styles make fights. If Matthew does everything that he’s supposed to do, he’ll win. Matthew can’t lose focus for one split second. Because if you lose focus for one split second, Martinez will capitalize on it. I’ll give him that. You lose focus for one quick second, he’ll get comfortable and he’ll knock your ass in the dirt. I will give him that.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IronDanHamza on 03-17-2012

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;11894926]"We stoppin it baby"[/QUOTE] :lol1: What's the odds that gets said tonight? To be honest, I think Buddy gives some good insight most of the time. Shame he's a pretty poor trainer.

Comment by mushahadeen on 03-17-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11894634]Macklin's Trainer: How Can They Say Martinez is Great?[/QUOTE] See, I told you so. Only casual fans think Sergio is "great". He sucks.

Comment by catalinul on 03-17-2012

Martinez ain't great but that still doesn't mean Macklin will win.

Comment by Check_hooks on 03-17-2012

Mcgirt is right. Who has martinez fought recently at a world class level? Hes fighting euro bums who doesn't stand a chance. And hes 1-1 against Pwill who got his ass beat by Lara and his best win is against…

Comment by Tobi.G on 03-17-2012

[QUOTE=hugh grant;11896281]Sergio is knocking on the door of great ness now, but he has only just arrived at the door, which he might not be given the key to enter. .[/QUOTE] I think he has not enough time to find…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (27)
Top Headlines Morrison, Johnson To Return On June 18 In Manchester Parker Eyes War With Joshua, Brushes Off Whyte's Trash Talk Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Shows His Power on The Heavy Bag Groves Feels Murray Never Recovered From Pounding By Golovkin Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Details Strategy, Camp For Molina Teddy Atlas: I Don't Think There is Any Interest in May-Pac Rematch Whyte Eyes Anthony Joshua Rematch: I Want To Whup His Ass! Video: Joel Diaz on Recent Defeats of Victor Ortiz, Tim Bradley Custio Clayton Continues His Streak With Knockout Win Video: Justin Fortune on Khan, Golovkin, McGregor, Canelo, More Miguel Vazquez: I Will Ask Al Haymon To Get Me Adrien Broner Jermell Charlo Tells WBC That He Wants Canelo Alvarez Clash Video: John Molina Talks, Ruslan Provodnikov Crashes Interview Golovkin's Promoter: Canelo Talks Not Dead, Still Our Priority! Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Cracks Away on The Mitts Video: Provodnikov on Golovkin vs. Canelo, Facing John Molina Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Final Press Conference Video: David Avanesyan Confident of Stunning Shane Mosley WBC Eyes Tourney, With WBA/IBF, To Set Golovkin's Opponent Lara: I Want Golovkin Next, He Would Solidify My Legacy! WBC Prez Wants Canelo Hate To Stop, Plans To Give High Ranking Video: Martin Murray Confident of Taking Down George Groves Video: George Groves on DeGale vs. Jack, Haye, Facing Murray Dorticos Already Back In Gym After FOTY Win Over Kalenga Lara-Martirosyan II Leads Second-Most Watched '16 SHO Telecast Video: George Groves, Martin Murray Go Face To Face Ricky Burns Focused on History, Becoming 3 Weight Champ Jorge Linares Inks New Pact With Golden Boy Video: Martin Murray Gives Take on Canelo-Golovkin Rift George Groves: I'm Looking To Take Martin Murray Out! Video: Dillian Whyte on PEDs in Boxing, Joshua-Breazeale, More Dillian Whyte Wants Two Tuneups, Then More Experienced Foes Rances Barthelemy, Mickey Bey Discuss Training Camp, More Eubank Offers To Give British Title To Blackwell, Hennessy Reacts Enzo Maccarinelli Vows To Beat Dmytro Kucher in Style Khurtsidze's Coach: We're Ready To Face Golovkin in September Ruenroeng, Casimero Make Weight Following Photo-Op Confusion Francisco Vargas Nears Testing Record For Combat Sports in Cali Lara To Golovkin: I've Called You Out a Few Times, Let's Fight! George Groves vs Martin Murray Now WBA Title Eliminator
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement