I knew that my prediction for Cotto/Martinez wouldn’t be an easy one. On one hand, Miguel Cotto did look spectacular against Delvin Rodriguez, but on the other hand the last time I bet against Sergio Martinez, he produced one of the best knockouts of all time against Paul Williams. And I knew that as soon as I decided that I was going to back Sergio Martinez that this was going to be very difficult to pull off. The sense of regret I had in the prediction was so great that you would have thought it was me facing Cotto instead of Sergio Martinez.
I’m trying to think of the last time that such a big super-fight was one-sided from the first round to the end of the fight and the only fight that comes to mind is from five years ago when Manny Pacquiao jumped into the ranks of all time greats by absolutely obliterating Ricky Hatton. I had a feeling that Sergio might go down at some point in the fight but that was custom for him; he’d get knocked down, get back up and win the fight.
But even though I was following the fight on Twitter while on my way to work, I knew that it would be impossible for that to happen this time for Sergio. Miguel Cotto was a man on a mission to make history, grab a truly defining victory that would be talked about for years to come and, perhaps, to show that all the talk about the size of his balls was more than just locker room rhetoric.
But let’s not forget to give credit where credit is due because while he didn’t show them on TV (we will always be grateful for that) Sergio Martinez showed his balls in the fight by constantly trying to stay alive. I have a feeling that he probably would have wanted to keep going until the final bell but his corner did the right thing by stopping it when they did although I wish that they had done it a bit sooner. It was clear by the fourth round that he didn’t have a chance. I’m following the fight via social media and even I could realize that.
So what’s next for Sergio Martinez? Well, let’s look at the facts: He’s 39 years old; while he appears to be in great shape, it’s clear that his body isn’t in the best condition for championship fights and this might be the best time to retire. And could you blame him if he did? He might not get in on his first year of eligibility but I think Martinez is Hall of Fame worthy and definitely helped restore some glory to the championship after it had been tainted with mediocre reigns from the likes of Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik. He also has some great wins under his belt including wins over Williams, Pavlik and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. If he wants to retire, I don’t think anyone would blame him.
What’s next for Miguel Cotto? He showed that he can still carry the power when going up to 160lbs and new trainer Freddie Roach has said that there won’t be any more fights at 147 so does that means a future rematch with Floyd Mayweather? Remember, Floyd didn’t have the easiest fight he could have with Miguel and a rematch would be hard to ignore. Plus it would offer Mayweather a chance to win the middleweight title, depending which weight the fight was held at. However. their big money would be in a match-up with Canelo Alvarez at the end of the year, should Canelo win his upcoming fight with Erislandy Lara.
Also at this point Floyd hasn’t announced or even given hints about who he will or might fight next. What remains clear though is that whatever is next for Miguel Cotto depends upon everyone else.