Outspoken boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. expressed his belief that the career of Argentine icon Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez is all but over after his stunning loss to Miguel Cotto last week.
Martinez, coming off two knee surgeries and a one-year lay-off, looked horribly faded against an inspired Cotto, and was knocked down three times in the first round. He did not answer the bell for the 10th round, giving Cotto the victory.
Mayweather Sr., the father and trainer of unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr., told Hustle Boss that he had expected Cotto to win, especially with Martinez coming off a year-long break from boxing.
"I felt that way because the man (Martinez) had knee surgeries, he had something wrong with his collarbone… his hands were bruised real bad," said Mayweather Sr.
The surgeries on his right knee clearly took its toll on Martinez, who had virtually no lateral movement and presented an easy target for Cotto in their fight.
"I saw good potential in Martinez, but it's just age, man, it's over," said Mayweather Sr.
"It's over, because he had everything working against him. He's had two knee surgeries, something was wrong with his shoulder, and then you got a guy that's at that age and he was off for a whole year or more," he added.
"You can’'t have all those things and think you’re gonna win. He had too many ailments," the trainer added with a shake of his head.
Mayweather Sr. admitted that he has rarely watched Martinez fight, only catching his second round knockout of Paul Williams in November 2010.
"The couple times I seen him," Mayweather Sr. said of Martinez, "he was outstanding."
Mayweather Sr. acknowledged that the bout could have gone in a different direction had Martinez not been suffering from injuries.
"If he had not had all the injuries, it might have been a different fight," he said. "But now, it's done for him. It’s over."