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Sergio Martinez Still Wants a Crack at Miguel Cotto at 155

By Nicholas Samuilov, notifight.com

The handlers of WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez are still trying to finalize a deal for a title defense against unbeaten Sergei Dzinziruk on March 12 in New York City. Should everything work out in March, Martinez would like to face WBA 154-pound champion Miguel Cotto next.

Recently there were negotiations with Martinez willing to go down to 155-pounds for the contest. Cotto went in another direction by scheduling a fight with Ricardo Mayorga on March 12 and then faces Antonio Margarito in either May or June.

"I would love to fight Miguel Cotto. He is a great fighter and a great champion. If he's available, all of my guns would point towards Cotto. I talked to my managers and they tried to approach him. For the moment, the fight has not materialized," Martinez said. 

"Top Rank [Cotto's promoter], you need to deal with them and I beat down hard on [Top Rank promoted] Kelly Pavlik. And then I made a big statement against Paul Williams, one of the most feared boxers in the world. Top Rank will not expose Cotto, at least for now. Instead, he faces Ricardo Mayorga, because Mayorga presents a lot less danger."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by shishaw on 01-02-2011

IMHO Cotto has a big chance of winning this. If you can't KO Cotto, you can't win! And I don't think Martinez can KO Cotto bcoz he don't lunge forward like amateur PWill. Cotto will be faster than Martinez, Cotto…

Comment by Traveler1 on 01-02-2011

[QUOTE=punchmehard;9887145]how come Sergio's fighting smaller guys this time? I don't hate the man but a guy with his skill should fight guys bigger than himself. Fight Pirog or Bute. On flip side I think Cotto has a big chance to…

Comment by Iceta Lives on 01-02-2011

[QUOTE=MikeRo1972;9895102]What part of he is coming off of shoulder surgery do you not understand? Nevermind this is only his 2nd fight with a new teainer. He wanted JCCJr. But that ***' made excuses for not getting in the gym. Either…

Comment by j.one on 01-02-2011

I'm sure he does want to fight Cotto, based on Cotto's careful selection of the least dangerous and most shot guy he could possibly face with some name value and last couple outings, based on that i'm sure Sergio does…

Comment by MikeRo1972 on 01-02-2011

What part of he is coming off of shoulder surgery do you not understand? Nevermind this is only his 2nd fight with a new teainer. He wanted JCCJr. But that ***' made excuses for not getting in the gym. Either…

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