Sergio Martinez: "I Would Love To Fight Miguel Cotto"

By Ryan Burton

Las Vegas - BoxingScene spoke to Team Sergio Martinez after his Las Vegas press conference, which took place over the weekend at the MGM Grand. Martinez, who is now widely regarded as the number three pound-for-pound fighter in the world has previously said that he would like to face Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, who are regarded as the two best fighters in the world. 

Martinez is well aware that landing either of those fights will be difficult. BoxingScene asked the WBC middleweight champion for his thoughts on a potential clash with WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. "I would love to fight Miguel Cotto. He is a great champion and I think it would be a great fight for the fans."

Martinez's trainer Gabriel Sarmiento added, "Sergio has a lot of Puerto Rican fans. A fight with Cotto would be huge."

In an era where Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are the sport's only big pay-per-view stars. a Martinez-Cotto bout would be a big pay-per-view seller. A fight between the two Hispanic stars would have a chance to surpass Cotto-Margarito which sold 450,000 ppv units in 2008 if its marketed properly.

Cotto would have a chance to be the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four different weight divisions.

"It's a great opportunity for Cotto and he doesn't back away from challenges," Martinez told BoxingScene.

Martinez's promoter Lou DiBella added, "Cotto is a true warrior who doesn't shy away from anyone. Plus the fight could be at 155 so even if Cotto lost he would keep his belt. That way he could still have big fights versus Chavez Jr. or Margarito. Those fights might even be bigger if Cotto lost because fans may view the fights with Chavez and Margarito as more even. If Cotto won, he would be an even bigger star."

Cotto-Margarito is the biggest selling pay-per-view fight that didn't involve Pacquiao, Mayweather or De la Hoya in the last few years. Martinez-Cotto could be even bigger.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WESS on 12-10-2010

[QUOTE=freedom213;9695717]The only reason most people on here consider Cotto an underdog in this fight is because Martinez blasted Williams out but watch the way it happened. Williams was completely out of position with his right hand down around his waist…

Comment by noStylez on 12-10-2010

This fight only sounds good had cotto not had a beat down by both margarito and pacman, anyone that considers this fight to be competitive is in for a rude awakening and weight don't play a role. Cotto in my…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-30-2010

[QUOTE=el malo;9695978]yup its personal and it will be there wether he wins or loses to sergio. i guess depending on how many fights cotto wants before he retires he can go for margarito next but if he loses he wont…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-30-2010

[QUOTE=el malo;9695991]is that why sergio wants to fight him? wouldn't that be considered cherrypicking by sergio?[/QUOTE] Surely he is beyond reproach by now, as far as those sort of accusations go? Cintron, P-Will I, Pavlik, P-Will II is a pretty…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-30-2010

[QUOTE=el malo;9695978]yup its personal and [SIZE="5"]it will be there wether he wins or loses to sergio[/SIZE]. i guess depending on how many fights cotto wants before he retires he can go for margarito next but if he loses he wont…

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