When Sergio Martinez climbs into the ring at Madison Square Garden this Saturday to face Miguel Cotto, he'll get a loud and vivid demonstration of the pride and passion that Puerto Rican fans bring to the sport. Few things I've experienced in sports have been more memorable than the sound of 20,000 voices singing the Puerto Rican national anthem in unison before Cotto gets ready to do battle in the historic venue.
But Martinez represents a great national boxing tradition as well. From Luis Firpo to Martinez, his Argentine countrymen have provided the sport some of its most exciting moments.
Martinez definitely has his place among the greats from his nation. But it's an entire list full of legends.