by David P. Greisman
When Sergio Martinez headlined at a stadium in Argentina last year in front of tens of thousands of fans, it was a homecoming for a fighter who hadn’t fought there in 11 years.
Martinez is from Buenos Aires, and all but one of his first 26 pro boxing bouts came in his home country. Yet he relocated his career to Spain in 2002, fighting there, in the United Kingdom and on occasion in the United States until his career picked up with an HBO spotlight and ultimately with his middleweight championship win over Kelly Pavlik and the reign that has followed.
Martinez came back perhaps too soon from an injury so that he could fight last year in Argentina. He won a very close decision over Martin Murray, getting hurt again and taking the rest of the year off. He returns this Saturday against Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York City, defending his championship in a pay-per-view main event.
He wants to fight again in Argentina before retiring.
“I would love to,” he said in an ESPN.com chat on June 3.
Martinez will need to get by Cotto first.