Two of the biggest names in the biz will face off at Madison Square Garden next June, it appears. Sergio Martinez -- the top name in the middleweight division -- could welcome former 140-pound, 147-pound and 154-pound titlist Miguel Cotto to his 'hood, and let him have a crack at a crown in a fourth weight class.
Nathan Lewkowicz -- who works with his father, Sampson Lewkowicz, advising the Argentina-born hitter nicknamed "Maravilla" who turns 39 on Feb. 21 and has been on the shelf healing from injuries -- told ESPNNewYork.com that the package isn't wrapped with a bow on top just yet.
"Promoter Lou Dibella is negotiating with Top Rank, on Cotto's side," Lewkowicz said. "It's not a done deal, there's still a lot to go before they get it done."
Cotto, the Puerto Rican who is the third-most powerful eyeball magnet behind Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in the game, told Boxing Scene that he wants Martinez. He said he's choosing the lefty Martinez (51-2-2 with 28 KOs) -- who last fought in April, downing Martin Murray in Argentina via unanimous decision -- over young gun Canelo Alvarez, last seen getting an embarrassing tutorial in all aspects of the sweet science on Nov. 3.
We see Martinez as the favorite if and when the fight comes to fruition, mostly because he's better suited to and more acclimated at 160 pounds. He's been injury-prone of late, however, and tasted the canvas once in each of his last three bouts, against Murray, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Matthew Macklin.
Cotto (38-4 with 31 KOs) has had a resurgence in buzz, after being perceived as near the end of the pugilistic road following back-to-back losses to Mayweather and then Austin Trout. The 33-year-old looked sharp and destructive in his last tussle, against journeyman Delvin Rodriguez (third-round TKO) in October.
Would his return to form, which means a focus on ripping left hooks to the body, be as meaningful against a true 160-pounder? We're guessing no. Your thoughts, readers?