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 Last update:  5/27/2014       Read more by HBO         
   
Martinez Reflects on Rebuilding After Margarito Defeat
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Question: After your loss to Margarito in 2000, did you ever imagine that your career would be like this? Titles, celebrity status, etc.

Sergio Martinez: My loss to Margarito was probably the best thing that happened to me. It humbled me and made me realize that this is a serious sport and I needed to mature as a fighter and as a person. It also made me realize that I needed to change. I had to cut out the negative people that surrounded me at that time and find people that would be positive for my career.

I knew that I would return to Vegas and be a champion after that loss because I had the desire to be a champion and was willing to put the time and effort to get to that level.

I never would’ve imagined reaching this level of notoriety. That has to be attributed to my current team of Sampson Lewkowicz, Miguel Angel Depablos and Nathan Lewkowicz who have worked very hard in furthering my career. Without having a solid team behind you then it would be difficult to get to this level and sustain it. 

24/7 Cotto/Martinez Show #1 debuts 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.



 

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comment by Mr.Fantastic, on 05-27-2014
[QUOTE=beast702]Way different scenario. Martinez wasn't even known back then. Hamed was a well established champion coming off some of his biggest wins particularly against Kelley.You can't compare the 2 at all.[/QUOTE] You can compare, it's the mentality. Look at how when Cotto lost against M...

comment by Vicious., on 05-27-2014
[QUOTE=Snake4380]I hope Cotto asked for VADA testing or something? Any word on random-blood testing for this fight?[/QUOTE] haha for what? Its not like Martinez needs steriods

comment by beast702, on 05-27-2014
[QUOTE=Mr.Fantastic]That's great that he went that path instead of a Hamed type and just quit a bit after.[/QUOTE] Way different scenario. Martinez wasn't even known back then. Hamed was a well established champion coming off some of his biggest wins particularly against Kelley.You can't compare ...

comment by IQ KO, on 05-27-2014
[QUOTE=GRUSTLER]Unfortunate for you Cotto is going to sleep.[/QUOTE] I don't know about that Mr. Grustler.... You may be in for a big surprise come 7th. It's going to be Deja Vu for you all over again (Matthysse vs Garcia) lol... I think Cotto is going to give Martinez problems. Style make ...

comment by IQ KO, on 05-27-2014
[QUOTE=SeekDaGreat]He should reflect on the gift decision against Murray.[/QUOTE] Hahahaha nice!!!!!!! Bunch of comedians here at Boxingscene lol

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