"I want to go with Martinez," stated three-division world champion Miguel Cotto, who held an informal luncheon today with select members of the local media at the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico earlier today, announcing his intentions to move forward with a planned June 7 showdown with middleweight king Sergio Martinez. Though he finally made his future plans officially known, FightHype.com readers were already aware that the proposed bout was essentially a done deal after sources informed us that Cotto's mind was already made up and he was only entertaining the idea of fighting Canelo in hopes of driving up his guarantee for the Martinez bout.
While details of the bout have yet to be finalized, Cotto confirmed that it will indeed take place on June 7 and his preference is to fight at Madison Square Garden. "My history is at Madison Square Garden and I want to fight there," explained Cotto, who also emphasized that his main priority is to become the first Puerto Rican to capture a world title in four weight divisions. ""My priority is to seek a fourth world title and we are hopeful that it will be against Martinez," he added. "If you look at the trajectory of Martinez, he has never been a full 160 pounds. He always comes in at 155, 157 pounds, and that's a factor."
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