Promoter Lou DiBella has revealed that negotiations for the big June 7 clash involving his fighter Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto were far from straightforward as the Argentinian gears up to defend his WBC middleweight title.
Martinez, 39, and Cotto have been embroiled in a war of words as the pair ready themselves for battle at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York and DiBella says ‘Maravilla’ is focusing on dismantling the Puerto Rican come fight night.
“This was not an easy negotiation. We had to keep calling Sergio with constant changes that we had to make for this fight to happen, and it bothered Sergio,” said DiBella.
“That came out in the initial press conferences, where everyone could see that Sergio was clearly agitated.
“Sergio has since channelled that to his benefit and he is now totally focused on the fight, and singled in on giving Cotto a real beating and walking out of Madison Square Garden on June 7th with his championship belt.
“Sergio is a true professional, so at this point in his training and this close to the fight, his only concentration is beating up Miguel Cotto.”
At 33 years old and with two losses from his last three fights, Cotto’s career is under close scrutiny as he prepares to move up yet another weight division, with Martinez favoured to deny ‘Junito’ a fourth weight world title.
Tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez World Middleweight Championship are on sale now andpriced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com andwww.thegarden.com