(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) Former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KO’s) could be facing the end of his career following a 10th round stoppage loss to Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) last Saturday night. Martinez, 39, hasn’t said whether he’ll be walking away from the sport or not, but his adviser Sampson Lewkowicz says that Martinez is set financially to where he won’t need to work again for the rest of his life if he decides to retire at this point rather than continuing.
Martinez made $1.5 million plus a percentage of the pay-per-view upside for his fight against Cotto on HBO PPV. Martinez also made good money in his September 2012 fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, as well as his fight against Martin Murray last year in April.
“I wish that every one of the other champions had watched their money like Sergio did, because he’s done it the right way and he can make a wise decision based not on the money, but on what on simply he wants to do,” said Lewkowicz to RingTV. “If Sergio makes a decision to retire, he doesn’t need to work another day of his entire life. There are so many things that he can do.”
If the Cotto fight does turn out to be the last fight of the 39-year-old Martinez’s career, then he picked the perfect opponent with which to end his career, because it gave Martinez an excellent payday that he wouldn’t have seen had he defended his WBC title against one of the middleweight contenders that the WBC has ranked in the their top 15.
There’s controversy about whether Martinez took the fight with his right knee not being in the best of shape.
It looked like Martinez had little strength in both knees, and some boxing fans wonder how he was able to pass the medical exam on his knees. An MRI was done on his knees to see if there any structural damage to the knees, and they passed the test. However, just because Martinez was able to be cleared to fight doesn’t mean that both of his legs were strong enough for him to fight at a high level. That would seem to be the major question about the fight.
Did Martinez choose to fight knowing that his knees weren’t in the best of shape? Lewkowicz says there were no problems with Martinez’s knees last Saturday. It didn’t look that way though with the way Martinez was wobbling each time he was hit hard by Cotto.