The 39 year-old has been embroiled in a war of words with the Puerto Rican great throughout the build-up, but says he will inflict a defeat on Cotto at the venue where ‘Junito’ has fought many times.
“It has been a major dream of mine to fight at Madison Square Garden in the big room. I never would have imagined that I would be headlining a main event over there if you asked me that 10 years ago,” said Martinez.
“To fight at Madison Square Garden where great Argentinean boxers fought like Oscar Bonavena and Carlos Monzon is the grandest honor that any Argentinean boxer could possibly have. The Argentinean community in New York has always been very supportive of me, and I expect an incredible atmosphere similar to a world cup soccer match.
“Miguel Cotto says Madison Square Garden is his home, but come June 7th he will be evicted and I will prove that I am one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world,” he added.
24/7 Cotto/Martinez Show #2 debuts Thursday, June 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Cotto vs. Martinez happens Saturday, June 7 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
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