Cotto vs. Martinez press conference quotes & photos from Puerto Rico

Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank

Personal legacies and boxing history converge in a battle for one of boxing’s most hallowed titles – The Middleweight Championship of the World when Miguel Cotto challenges Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.

The press conference for underway in front of a huge crowd in Puerto Rico today.

Check out the opening quotes and photos here.

“I am very happy to be back in my second home, Madison Square Garden in New York, to once again make history in front of my fans,” said Cotto. “I will be ready and prepared to do whatever it takes to bring the WBC middleweight championship of the world to my country of Puerto Rico”

“It has been my dream to fight in the big room at Madison Square Garden, a place where many great fighters have showcased their talents,” said Martínez. “It is the biggest stage in the world and the world will be watching this fight.”

“Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martínez have electrified sports fans during their entire careers,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “On June 7, their passionate fans and the nations they represent will finally witness this highly anticipated showdown.

“Miguel Cotto Promotions will once again join forces with Top Rank to bring a stellar pay-per-view event to New York on June 7th,” said Héctor Soto, vice president of Miguel Cotto Promotions. “We are matching very good fights for the fans. No one should miss the most-anticipated show of the year, either in-person or live on pay-per-view.”

“On June 7th The Garden will be explosive and the boxing world will pay full attention,” said Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment. “Styles make fights, and both Sergio and Cotto will be looking for knockouts. This battle will rock The Garden.”

“I am very proud to be part of this historic fight, which will, by far, be the top pay-per-view of the year,” said Sampson Lewkowicz, Martínez’s advisor.

“Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez is a dream matchup,” said Mark Taffet, Senior Vice President HBO Pay-Per-View. “It’s got the elements fight fans love — two superstars with extremely passionate fan bases in a rivalry fight that will help define both men’s careers. This is a special event for the sport and we’re proud to be the television partner for this landmark showdown at Madison Square Garden.”

Cotto will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010. Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event go on sale This Wednesday! March 12, at Noon ET / 9:00 A.M. PT. Priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

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