Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez is on his way to his seventh defense of the undisputed middleweight championship. He will be defending the title at Madison Square Garden against Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto in what is sure to be a great bout and a monster event, arguably the biggest of the year. Martinez has reigned as the middleweight kingpin since dethroning Kelly Pavlik in April 2010.
Now, at 39 years young, he is in the twilight of his career, with maybe two bouts left before he hangs it up for good. The tough fights have taken their toll on the champion, and his body is not what it once was. Regardless of past injuries, one thing Martinez has consistently done over the years is find a way to win. We saw it against Martin Murray in Argentina, and we saw it in Las Vegas in the 12th round against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The size of the champion’s heart it undeniable, and let’s be honest, he is a pretty ridiculous talent too.
He will have no easy task with Miguel Cotto moving up in weight in an attempt to make history and become the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world titles in four divisions. Cotto is coming off an impressive KO victory over B-level Delvin Rodriguez. He looked explosive and terribly powerful; he looked like Cotto again. In contrast, Martinez was slow and sluggish in his last bout against Murray. He has since taken time off to heal following an accumulation of injuries over the years. After 14 months off, he will be as fresh as he can be at 39.
For fight fans, the question is, can Cotto look as good as he did against Rodriguez against a 95 percent Martinez? Regardless of how Sergio is physically, we know he will give it his all and go all 12 rounds without slowing down a bit, but can Cotto keep up with that? Is Cotto still the world champion caliber fighter he was previous to his bouts with Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather Jr.?
All of our questions will be answered June 6 in New York City.