By Miguel Rivera
Former two-division world champion Sergio Martinez (51-3, 28KOs), 40-years-old, has no regrets over announcing his retirement a few weeks ago. Martinez last fought in June of 2014, when he was beaten and stopped by Miguel Cotto, who picked up Martinez's WBC middleweight title with the victory.
His body was injured coming into that contest with both knees keeping him out of the ring for over a year when he stepped in the ring.
After considering the idea of a rematch, Martinez decided his body had taken enough punishment and felt it was better to say goodbye at the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.
"You lose a lot more than you earn. But the important thing is not the victory, but the struggle. A win over Cotto would have been terrific. But what counts is that I came into that fight with two fractures. The final days were disastrous, but we got in the ring. That was my victory. I left Claypole, which is almost a village, and ended up fighting at Madison Square Garden," Martinez said to Fox Deportes.