Cotto Fight Big For Martinez’s Legacy, DiBella Says

by David P. Greisman

Sergio Martinez was already deserving of respect, but his accomplishments are not fully appreciated, according to his promoter, Lou DiBella, who says that it a win in the June 7 bout with Miguel Cotto that will finally get the middleweight champion more widespread recognition.

“I think he’ll get that respect, and I think that he’ll also get respect for the obstacles he’s overcome in the course of a career where he was virtually unknown until almost his mid-30s and has had a string of fights and title defenses that rival the opposition that any great fighter has fought,” DiBella said on a May 20 news conference call. “He’s also fought through a lot of chronic injuries and fought through a lot of the politics of boxing. So I think ultimately he will get the credit that he deserves.

“He’s also proven himself time and time again. I think he’s going to prove himself again on June 7 in front of a huge pay-per-view audience, in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden. I think that his legacy keeps growing. The people that know give him the respect he deserves. Before he’s done, I think that respect will be universal.”

DiBella said he shouldn’t have needed to beat Miguel Cotto for that to happen.

“But the reality is this is a huge fight,” he said. “This is in the biggest arena, the most famous arena in the world. It’s against the most proven pay-per-view fighter that he’s ever fought, the biggest name fighter he’s ever fought. So in terms of Sergio’s legacy, I’m not going to pretend —this fight is huge.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 05-21-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14573342]Good for his popularity, not his legacy. Cotto is clear underdog.[/QUOTE] and his wallet

Comment by [email protected] on 05-20-2014

Cotto is outboxing the s[I]h[/I]it out of Martinez, Martinez will look clueless. How many great technical fighters have Martinez ever fought? a big "0" He is in for a rude awakening.

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 05-20-2014

War Cotto!!!

Comment by Weebler I on 05-20-2014

Good for his popularity, not his legacy. Cotto is clear underdog.

Comment by ColdBlooded on 05-20-2014

Cotto's a very good fighter, but not at 160. I don't see how a win over him does much for Martinez's legacy. If Cotto had proven himself at 160 first, then maybe. As it is, what we have here is…

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