Sergio Martinez: Cotto believes I am ripe for the picking, he's wrong

Mike Ehrmann

Sergio Martinez knows that Miguel Cotto thinks he's getting him at a vulnerable time, but says the Puerto Rican star is wrong.

You have been waiting to face Cotto for almost 4 years. Why do you think he wants to fight you now?

"Miguel Cotto believes that I am ripe for the picking and that my age has finally caught with me. What he doesn't realize is that for the Martin Murray fight, I had many injuries going into the fight. I did not want to postpone the event because it was always a dream of mine to defend my title in Argentina so we as a team decided to go forward with the fight with Martin Murray. I still came out victorious in that fight but Miguel Cotto thinks I'm on the decline, which is the only reason I believe he chose to face me now.

"What Miguel Cotto doesn't realize that is I am extremely motivated for this fight. Not just because I don't necessarily care for Miguel Cotto, but I want to prove him wrong in thinking that I'm not an elite fighter.

"Miguel Cotto is a good fighter and a future hall of famer, but he will not become the World Middleweight Champion by defeating me. The only way I see this fight ending, is with Miguel Cotto being knocked out. I cannot see the fight going past nine rounds."

Face Off: Cotto/Martinez debuts Saturday, May 17 at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.

"2 Days: Sergio Martinez" premieres Saturday, May 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

HBO's Emmy-Award-winning series "24/7 Cotto/Martinez" premieres Saturday, May 31 at 11:15 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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