Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez in Summer 2014?Written by Lee Cleveland
Moreover, Martinez declared last week he was no longer interested in a rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr and is seeking superfight alternatives.
Enter Miguel Cotto.
Last Saturday, a very focused Miguel Cotto, following a ten month layoff, delivered an impressive performance against Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KO's).
Looking every bit like the pound-for-pound star of years past, an aggressive Miguel dispatched his foe in less than three rounds.
Martinez vs Cotto
Cotto's promoter, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, indicated he is in favor of Martinez vs Cotto should the champion's team be interested.
Should this bout come to fruition and Cotto defeats Martinez, the former would become the first Puerto Rican to win four world titles in as many weight classes.
Although Miguel Cotto, a jr middleweight (154 lbs) today, won his first world titles as a jr welterweight (140 lbs) and would be the smaller man in such a match-up, Team Cotto insisted a catchweight would not be necessary.
The champion's manager and adviser, Sampson Lewkowicz, told BoxingScene:
"We once mentioned the weight of 158, but I do agree with Freddie Roach - there is no reason for a catch-weight, because at 160 it would be a true middleweight fight for Cotto."
"... When the time is right - Team Martinez, along with our promoter Lou DiBella, will discuss the next fight for Maravilla and we'll have a plan A and a Plan B.
Is the champion vulnerable?
Sergio Martinez looked as compromised as ever last April against 6 to 1 underdog Martin Murray. Fighting for the first time in his native Argentina in over 11 years and in front of 40,000 spectators, Martinez survived a knockdown to win a close unanimous decision. The scores were 115-112 on all cards.
Many believe the bout could have easily been ruled a draw while some assert Murray deserved the nod.
HBO judge Harold Lederman scored the bout 114-113 for Martinez.
Does Martinez vs Cotto make sense?
With Chavez Jr out of the picture and Floyd Mayweather looking to drop back down to welterweight, Miguel Cotto is the most likely option for Sergio Martinez as the Puerto Rican, a medium-risk opponent who is naturally smaller in size, would draw more public interest and overall revenue than the dangerous but lesser-known Gennady Golovkin, Martinez's peer in the division.
Although Team Alvarez has expressed an interest in fighting Cotto, there are two obstacles to making Cotto vs Canelo happen anytime soon: a) Alvarez is title-less and b) Canelo is promoted by Top Rank's rival, Golden Boy, and the aforementioned promotional outfits seldom work together. All things being equal, Top Rank would seemingly rather do business with DiBella Entertainment, Martinez's promotional company, than their adversary, Golden Boy.
"For that fight [Cotto vs Canelo] to occur, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions would have to sit down and talk about it," Cotto stated at the post-fight press conference.
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