Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto continue to negotiate for a potential June 7 fight at Madison Square Garden on HBO pay-per-view, and Martinez adviser Sampson Lewkowicz says that there will be no catchweight for the fight if it does happen. At this point, it appears as though the fight is on its way to being made, but things can change fast.
"I can't give too many details about the negotiations. Our promoter Lou DiBella is handling those discussions. It is my understanding, if the fight were to happen, it will happen at the full middleweight limit. Cotto wants to become a real middleweight champion. The middleweight champion fights at 160-pounds. Cotto wants to make history and has no problem with the weight."
Cotto (38-4, 31 KO) demolished Delvin Rodriguez last October in his first fight under new trainer Freddie Roach, while Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO) sat out the rest of 2013 after a debatable points win in Argentina against Martin Murray on April 27. Sergio, who turns 39 on February 21, took the time off to let his body hopefully heal up from some nagging injuries.
It's a big money fight for both men, and currently appears to be their best financial option. It's certainly a risk for the 5'7" Cotto to go up to 160, but the Puerto Rican star is fighting for money and glory from here on out, and a chance to add the middleweight title to his collection of belts at 140, 147, and 154 is important to him.