By Jonny Stapleton in New York
Sergio Martinez will feel every single day of his 37 years when he fights Matthew Macklin in Madison Square Garden tonight, according to the Irish fighter.
Macklin doesn’t believe in the age is but a number adage and is confident the ‘real middleweight champion of the world’ is going to feel the pace.
Macklin plans to pound his way into the pound for pound top ten and claims he will make the Argentine work at a pace he has never experience for three minutes of every single round.
The former Irish, British and two time European middleweight champ believes he has earned shot and is confident he will become lineal champion of the 160lbs weight division.
“If you want to be the best you have to beat the best. Sergio Martinez is not only the best middleweight in the world but one of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport. With regard to Sergio there really is nothing bad to say but every dog has his day and he is 37 years old now and on Saturday night he’s going to feel every single day of those 37 years and there will be a new middleweight champion. I will make him fight for every minute of the 12 rounds,” Macklin said confidently.
Martinez, who received a reward from the WBA this week for his work outside the ring against bullying and domestic violence, is favoured heavily going into the much anticipated clash.
Tipperary’s ‘Mack The Knife’ certainly respects the southpaw, but he is adamant Martinez is not an unbeatable fighter.
“It’s a difficult fight, no doubt, but he’s not unbeatable. I have the tools to beat him. The media can build you up but no-one’s a monster, he’s a man, and when he gets hit on the nose it’ll hurt.”
“He’s a really good fighter, what he does he does well. He’s slick, an awkward southpaw, lots of lateral movement, but I feel like I’m getting better and better and its my time to win. I am honoured to have the chance to become middleweight champion of the world in the Mecca of boxing on St Patricks Day.”