There are fights that make financial sense, and there are fights that mean something historically.
The best thing for everyone is when a fight is both, like Saturday’s showdown between three-division world titleholder Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) and lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs).
Both men are certain Hall of Famers looking to add yet another impressive name on their ledgers.
For Cotto, Martinez represents the biggest challenge of his entire career at the highest weight he could conceivably hope to compete at. Cotto is an accomplished superstar, but Martinez is the legitimate champion of a weight class Cotto has never stepped foot in.
For Martinez, Cotto represents the elite class of fighters in boxing who bring home exponentially more money than even long-reigning champions such as Martinez do. Martinez is as good a fighter as anyone in his generation, but he’s never earned the kind of money men such as Cotto, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao do.
Cotto-Martinez is the biggest and best fight of 2014 to date. The winner sets himself up for an even more lucrative date in the near future, and the loser will likely have to settle for a step back against lesser competition.