At a press conference held Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, promoter Lou DiBella announced that his ace middleweight Sergio Martinez would stay with HBO, contrary to Martinez' remarks two weeks ago. Then, Martinez, who meets Matthew Macklin on St. Paddy's Day, March 17, said he was done with longterm partner HBO.
It is believed that DiBella had discussions with Showtime about bringing Martinez there, but Martinez-Macklin will run on HBO on March 17. The show kicks off at 10 PM ET.
"Without HBO, there really would be no Sergio Martinez," DiBella said, referencing Martinez' string of appearances on the cabler.
Dibella also pointed out that he was happy to see what he believes to be a new era beginning at the channel, as Ken Hershman, late of Showtime, had his first day on the job running HBO Sports on Jan. 9.