The victor gets the spoils and this is definitely the case in boxing. One need not look any further than the aftermath of the June 7 Sergio Martinez – Miguel Cotto fight.
Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) was knocked down three times in the first round and couldn’t recover. The aging knees of 39 year old could take no more and the Argentinian had to say goodbye to his Ring, Lineal and WBC Middleweight titles.
He isn’t throwing in the towel yet and recently said he wants to regain a world title. He has a strong spirit which is something we always knew about Maravilla, the issue is how able his body is.
Against Cotto he suffered concussion and has been dealing with hand and knee injuries for a while. The reality is that he may never truly be 100% injury free again. If he continues fighting, he will have to choose his future bouts very carefully.
As for Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), he has similar but different decisions to contend with. He also has to decide who his next fight will be against, but he has far more leverage than Martinez in determining it. There will be a WBC middleweight title defence in December and it’s looking as though the likely opponents will be Saul Alvarez or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
For the 33 year old Puerto Rican, there is much to consider as his next fight will have a big say as to rest of his career. Following successive losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr and Austin Trout, Cotto had to make his way back with fights against Delvin Rodriguez and then Martinez. Against Mayweather he received $8 million and would command even more for a rematch.
The original fight happened as Mayweather couldn’t come to an agreement with Manny Pacquiao. This fight put Cotto on the map and was the second-biggest non heavyweight in history. Since then, Mayweather has fought Robert Guerreo, Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. With the two having a rematch in September, it would appear as though he won’t be fighting Cotto in December.
So who will Cotto fight? Whomever it is, it should be an entertaining fight.