Cotto, Martinez promising big wins
- Updated: June 4, 2014
Earlier today, the final press conference for Saturday night’s middleweight title fight took place in New York City. Sergio Martinez will defend his championship against Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden and both fighters had plenty to say on Wednesday.
“Can I carry my power up to 160? I’m a puncher and my power has come with me from 140 to here at 160,” said Cotto when asked about his KO potential.
Cotto is fighting at middleweight for the first time in his career but he says the weight has not been a big deal.
“It’s a lot easier to make weight and do my job at 160 pounds. Weight isn’t a big issue for this fight.”
“I’m not worried about Sergio and what he has done or what he will do. I’m only worried about what I need to do…what Freddie has taught me…what we worked on in training camp. The man with the best skills will win this fight,” proclaimed Cotto.
“This was the best training camp I’ve ever had because of my team – Freddie, Gavin and Marvin. A lot of people say Michael Jordan wouldn’t be Michael Jordan without Scottie Pippen. Freddie Roach is my Scottie Pippen. Our chemistry together has been great.
“To be the first Puerto Rican to win a world title in four divisions would be an achievement. Gomez, Benitez, there have been a lot of good fighters from Puerto Rico before me. When I started boxing, Tito Trinidad was our big star. A victory on Saturday night would make me feel happy and proud. I would like to be remembered as a boxer who tried to do his best.”
For his part, Martinez reiterated that his knee is good to go and wont’ be a problem on Saturday.
“There are no issues with the sheath I will be using for my knee on fight night. Once the commission saw what it actually was I was using, they were completely OK with it,” said Martinez.
“It was very hard for me to come back from this, (the knee and shoulder injury) but I have an excellent team behind me, and more than that I have my ego and that is what drove me to get back to where I was before the injuries occurred.”
Speaking about Cotto’s recent fights, Martinez feels he’s picked up on various openings that he’ll be able to take advantage of.
“It is not only Austin Trout that made it a difficult fight for Cotto, but Mayweather and Pacquiao as well. We have looked at all of those fights, and picked up on different things that have worked against Cotto. My trainer Pablo Sarmiento has come up with a great game plan and you will see me execute it perfectly on Saturday night,” added Martinez.
“After this fight I will sit down with my team and we will discuss the future. I have one fight left with HBO and I am 100 percent going to fulfill that. So for anyone saying that this is my last fight, they are wrong,” declared Martinez.