Sergio Martinez expects to halt Miguel Cotto on Saturday night
Last Updated: 06/06/14 10:37am
Sergio Martinez has been studying Miguel Cotto’s weaknesses and is predicting a stoppage win this weekend.
The Argentine will defend his WBC middleweight title against Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.
As part of his preparations, Martinez has been watching the Puerto Rican’s past defeats to Austin Trout, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Cotto defeated Delvin Rodriguez inside three rounds in May, but ‘Maravilla’ believes he has identified his opponent’s weaknesses and plans to expose them in destructive fashion.
"It is not only Austin Trout that made it a difficult fight for Cotto, but Mayweather and Pacquiao as well," said Martinez.
"We've looked at all of those fights, and picked up on different things that have worked against Cotto. Whatever Cotto will do in the ring doesn't matter to me. I don't care. This fight is definitely not going the distance."
The 39-year-old South American has been hampered by injuries in recent years and needed knee surgery after a hard fought decision win over Martin Murray last April.
He originally injured the knee in a points victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr, seven months earlier, and Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach has suggested that Martinez is a shadow of his former self.
"The wear and tear of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr fight ruined Martinez," Roach said. "He has nothing left. Miguel is the fresher fighter."
But Martinez dismissed these claims, pointing to how he inflicted the Mexican’s first defeat with a wide points verdict.
"If winning 11 1/2 rounds out of 12 is not impressive, I don't know what I could do," he said."If the fight would have lasted another two or three rounds, Chavez would have run out of gas and I would have stopped him."