June 7th will see Madison Square Garden host a high level clash between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto for the WBC Middleweight Title. Martinez has been in most top 5 pound for pound lists for several years now, but at 160 lbs has been out of reach of the bigger money fights at welterweight. Cotto is still one of boxing´s top draws with his Puerto Rican fanbase, but he went 0-2 in 2012 and only fought once in 2013 and he is not what he once was. Nevertheless, it is a meeting of two of the top boxers of this era and deserves attention.
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Martinez is one of those guys that gets little credit for his long career and his technical excellence. He finally got a big step into the limelight when he thoroughly out-boxed Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in his biggest match to date and at 38 years old has looked like he is in his prime for some time now.
Cotto, though 5 years younger, has not looked as fresh in his recent outings and he has some boxing mileage on his body. Cotto will also be fighting at 160 lbs for the first time in his career, and he will be giving up some size and reach advantages to a boxer who is at least his equal technically. Cotto is still looking to bounce back after 2012 and he deserves credit for gunning at Martinez, which would be a huge feather in his cap.
Martinez on the other hand, gets a big payday and gets to headline Madison Square Garden. He is starting to get into the bigger money and bigger fights. Martinez may ultimately face the ultimate test of an aging warrior, and that is a hungry young gun that is coming for him. That big money fight would be Gennady Golovkin, and what better way for Martinez to enter those negotiations than with a KO of Puerto Rico´s reigning box office king_