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 Last update:  10/8/2013       Read more by DiBella Ent.         
   
Sergio Martinez To Sit Down With Pope Francis
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New York, NY - Next Wednesday, Middleweight Champion and pound-for-pounder Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez will have the opportunity of a lifetime when he sits down one-on-one with Pope Francis. The meeting between the two Argentineans will take place at the Vatican, and will mark the first time a professional fighter has had a one-on-one closed session meeting with the Pope since Muhammad Ali.

Martinez, who intends to speak about his anti-bullying and domestic violence against women campaigns, is absolutely ecstatic about the meeting.

"In the past couple of months, I will have had two of my dreams as a Catholic come true, to visit the Basilica of our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico and to be received by the Pope. I will be asking the Pope for blessings and spiritual protection to all of those who enter the ring," said Martinez.

"In his short time as leader of the Catholic Church, this gentle Pope from Argentina has already changed the dialogue of his people. I am thrilled that Sergio will have a private audience with Pope Francis and that he will be able to discuss his campaigns against bullying and domestic violence," said promoter Lou DiBella.

"Sergio Martinez continues to make history in our sport by having this historic meeting with Pope Francis. I'm very happy for Sergio, because as the great champion and great person that he is, he has earned this tremendous opportunity and honor of having this meeting," said longtime advisor Sampson Lewkowicz.

"Sergio's passion to help out people in need and who are down on their luck has truly exemplified the fact that you do not need to act brash or lack any tact in order for people to respect you in the boxing world. He is a great role model for young athletes around the world," added Nathan Lewkowicz, V.P. of Sampson Boxing.

Sergio will be accompanied to the meeting by longtime business manager Miguel De Pablos and Victor Gonzales, who was instrumental in the organization and staging of Martinez's last middleweight title defense in front of 50,000+ adoring Argentineans earlier this year. Sergio will be presenting the Pope with a special edition WBC green belt, with a picture of Pope Francis as well as the flag of the Vatican.

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comment by sako5, on 10-09-2013
That's great for Sergio !!

comment by RawDawgHasSpokn, on 10-09-2013
[QUOTE=Mayweatherducks]Can't wait to see this on worldstarhiphop lol. We all know all the Pope's child molest little boys so when Martinez gets the meeting he's going to KO the old geezer for all of mankind for taking advantage all these years and the camera man is going to scream out "worldstar...

comment by Brockton Lip, on 10-08-2013
Wow, fantastic news. Good for boxing and great for Sergio.

comment by mathed, on 10-08-2013
That's why you have to like the guy. He hangs out with Kings and Queens, the Pope and champions on behalf of the weak when he isn't fighting in the ring. Reminds me of the kind of stuff a person would do if they were planning on running for a political position.

comment by croz, on 10-08-2013
[QUOTE=rckdees]Wow....i thought the previous pope was bad but if this pope accepts this belt he's taking going to hell to a whole other level.[/QUOTE] wow, the pessimistic ****s on this site are trying really hard to spin this one. I wish people here could just say "wow this is great for boxing...

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