Sergio Martinez knocked down Matthew Macklin twice in the 11th round, and the Irishman's cornermen pulled the plug on their man after the round, giving Martinez the win in a middleweight tiff at the Madison Square Garden Theater.
I had Martinez up 7-3-1, giving him credit for landing the harder, cleaner punches even though I thought he did more dancing and less punching than I would have liked.
Macklin gave a solid account of himself, but although he didn't succumb to using reckless pressure, neither did he often enough cut off the ring and force Martinez to stop moving when and where he wanted.
"Macklin came to fight," the victor, now 49-2-2, stated. "It was definitely tougher than I thought it would be."
Martinez said afterward that he would wait patiently for the big bouts, the Floyd Mayweathers and Manny Pacquiaos, because he's not as old as people think. He's 37, though, so time is not infinite. Readers, give Sergio a grade.