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Martinez: Mikey Garcia Won't Beat Me Like He Did Juanma

By Rey Colon

Roman 'Rocky' Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KO's), the junior lightweight champion of the WBO, said he has no qualms about facing undefeated Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KO's) on September 21 in Puerto Rico in an HBO main event. But, he did say the purse must fall in line with the importance of the fight and HBO's interest in the match. He says the outcome of the fight will be different and there won't be a weight advantage for Garcia.

Martinez sat ringside in Dallas last weekend and watched his close friend, Juan Manuel Lopez, get wiped out in four rounds by Garcia. Last Friday, Garcia was unable to make the featherweight limit and was two pounds overweight. If Garcia is unable to make weight for Martinez, the champion has promised to walk and he doesn't care about taking a payoff like Juanma did last Saturday. Garcia forked over $150,000 for Juanma to move forward.

"This will not be the same as the Juanma fight. A fight at 126 and 130 pounds is not the same. I'm going up in weight more or less like him, I'll be 140-pounds or so [on the night of the fight]. He will not have an advantage as he did with Juanma. It will be a different fight. If he does not weigh 130 for our fight, he will have to get down to it or there will be no fight. This is professionalism. I would be defending my title and I've sacrificed to get it. If you want [to fight for my title then you] to have to weigh 130 or less," Martinez said.

"To make weight you have to be in the best physical condition. And work is required for months. Making weight is a big responsibility. I work and I will not give away the title by allowing him to have an advantage by letting him step into the ring at a much higher division. Money is important but I'm still the champion and I'm not going to risk that. If he wins, he will have to do it fair and square with no advantage. If not, the fight won't happen. I will not allow myself to get played with tricks. If he doesn't make weight, no fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 4Corners on 06-20-2013

He's right. He won't knock him out in my opinion, but he'll thoroughly out box him and win by a wide decision. Mikey's first real real mega big test, not that Salido/Lopez/Martinez aren't/wouldn't be good wins for him, will be…

Comment by ddangerous on 06-20-2013

I think Mikey will beat Martinez in very similar fashion, actually.

Comment by Dagomba on 06-20-2013

Martinez is all heart and no skill, he's lucky they gifted a win over Burgos. Actually he's not hes about to get KTFO. Africa he would have stood a chance not to get KTFO.

Comment by apocalypto on 06-20-2013

Rocky stfu you are a bigger bum than juanma:slap:

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 06-20-2013

"Rocky's" a little too focused on the weight issue. He's right in demanding that Garcia come in at he limit, but wrong in thinking it'll make much of a difference. Mikey is just too good. He'll win based on his…

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