• Hi Pedro, thanks, I certainly will write to you. Please stay tuned…

    Regarding “The Priest” moniker, I wish I could say I took it from Ron O’Neal. Man, he was very talented on several fields, and I feel he did not have all the success he could based on his potential. I just was raised in Spain, the land of priests and nuns, and probably one of the more liberal countries on earth today. This is a contrast that always make me laugh and that’s why I chose “The Priest”.

  • Pedro Fernandez

    OK Priest, 300 to 500 words. When? Flying Nun or Priest. Are you taking this moniker from Ron O’Neal and Superfly? Send me an email and we’ll see if you just wrote a check you can’t cash. ringtalk@yahoo.com

  • great article even though you seem to delete my comments. lol all these Martinez fans crack me up. you hit it on point, a lazy chavez exploited Martinez that a great trainer in roach was going to exploit again. give credit where it’s due, freddy is an excellent trainer despite his big mouth.

  • I do not want to show off now, but I called it out here before the fight ( see my comment above). Cotto is an underrated technician, with a great ability to time the punches of faster fighters, effectively nullifying their speed advantage. I said that if Cotto’s power carried with him to this weight class, all this things together would make it interesting and a recipe for s surprise…

    Man, I was right, or what? Cotto just destroyed a champion I greatly admired.

    Pedro, perhaps I can collaborate in your page with boxing analysis, hahaha

  • Priest, you bring up an interesting angle of the weight.

    While I think Cottoc’s power has been a little overrated in the past, tonight he will be fighting at a very comfortable weight. Some guys do beneifit from that. Cotto being a short & thick body type that benefits from weight could possibly show up with more power than ever.

    Just recently, John Molina’s almost-upset of Mathysse, the surprising competitiveness of Marcos Maidana vs. Mayweather and of course Mayweather himself over the past 7 years are just a few of many examples of success fighting at a comfortable weight.

    “Comfortable weight” is becoming the new “In-shape”!

    Having said that, at the weigh in, Martinez looked the much stronger guy. But Martinez style doesnt really drive home a size advantage – he can\t remember the last time he was the bigger fighter – maybe vs. Bunema and even then he fought like the smaller guy.

    But it should not be entirely ruled out that Cotto could go in there hitting harder than we’ve ever seen.

  • Dick"The Mick"

    Martinez went into the Murray fight with a very bad knee and he also broke his left hand in the second round of that fight. I agree that the Martinez of four years ago would have blown Cotto out, but I still think he wins by late TKO or UD 12. The one intangible is that Martinez has much more stamina in the late rounds whereas Cotto gasses late.

  • @Ten Count, alex
    fully agree with you guys. Cant see a way Cotto beats Martinez, as long as Martinez body doesnt break down completely.

    Also one thing is often neglected – Martinez is one proud mofo and as bad as they come. I say this – somebody who can fight a legit middleweight in front of 50,000 with a raptured knee going into the fight is one bad dude! Also coming back again and again after all those knockdowns – he just refuses to lose!

    Therefore – even if Cotto can drag him into deep waters, dont expect Martinez to be the one drowning.

    And Pedro can say all he wants – Martinez fought some good opposition and he never backed down or did some Mayweather moves to get out of harms way.

  • This fight is a farce. Cotto, who started as a junior welterweight, and couldn’t even beat an Austin Trout has NO CHANCE…Martinez will stop Cotto easily.

  • Martinez bludgeons Cotto inside 8. Cotto at one time a very good champion. Both have seen better days and Martinez a smallish middleweight but still much too big for Cotto. If Sergio could handle the sledgehammer fists of Pavlik and Williams and even way back more than held his own with Margarito until succumbing to “hands of stone” (Pun intended) then he has no problem with Cotto whatsoever. Easy way of making some money at the casino here!

  • The only thing I can see here going for Cotto is that he is an underrated technician. On his best times, he had a great ability of timing the adversary punches, nullifying the disadvantage in speed. It will be difficult with an unorthodox boxer like Sergio, but if Cotto can time the punches somehow, he can score here and there. If Cotto’s power punching travels with him as well (big what if!!!) it could be interesting.

    Not likely, but I have seen so many incredible things happening in boxing, that it is not impossible to see a surprise today.

  • BTW, Martinez may have been slightly overrated, but I’m not willing to revise the view of him as4P lister.

    I think your hindsight on Barker, Macklin & Dzindziruk overlooks the possibility that the damage they suffered from Martinez took a toll on them which carried over into their subsequent performances (as was obviously the case with Williams – not just the KO but the knockdown in the FIRST fight).

    So those guys aren’t exactly HOF er’s but every one of them is a better fighter than the guys Roy Jones defended the 175 title (except Johnson & Tarver) and come to think of it, were Mustapha Hamsho, TOny Sibson, Fully Obelmenjas& Juan Roldan really that much better?

  • It’s going to take a major physical collapse by Martinez for Cotto to win this fight. Something worse than what happened in the Murray fight.

    Is it possible. Sure, and it would likely be more the result of the extreme demands Martinez makes on his own legs every round rather than anything Cotto could contribute to. It hurts just to WATCH all those excessive bounces, sideways moves, awkward jumps & push-offs.

    The injury factor – and Martinez’ dependence on specific athletic attributes – is what makes this somewhat suspenseful (as opposed to the mismatch it would have been a couple of years ago)

    I fully expect Cotto to get off to a good start and win at least 4 of the first 6 rounds with his jab (he could even sweep them if he’s not too respectful). Martinez has gotten off to slow starts against everyone who’s used an educated jab against him (Cintron, Pavlik, Barker, Dzindziruk & Macklin) and while all those opponents had significant height advantages (and used them very well) I think any opponent with an excellent jab will take Martinez time to adapt to.

    But Martinez always adapts. And if he has anything left, when he turns up the heat in the second half, I don’t think Cotto will be able to take it.

    Barring a major physical breakdown, Martinez stops Cotto around the 9th or 10th round.

  • Sergio has had some issues with bigger fighters, but Cotto is just too small. Normally the fighter moving up in weight has advantages in speed. Not here. Cotto is a good technical fighter, but to beat Martinez you got to go for broke with volume like Williams, or just be physically imposing. Cotto is almost
    tailor made for Sergio. He will be picked off all night trying to land his punches. Just can’t envision a Cotto win.

  • I like both guys, but really hope Cotto gets the W. This is a suspenseful match up for sure and I hope there is no scoring controversey. I can see Cotto coming on strong late and winning a close decision.

    Let’s go Cotto!

  • This is a no brainer Pedro . Martinez is bigger stronger and faster than a blown up welterweight . Cotto has taken many beatings . Never have seen Martinez get beat up ? Surprised odds are so close ? Martinez stops Cotto in 6 or 7. Bet on it says Vegas Mike

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