While Bob Arum announced to reporters that the capacity of the Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Las Vegas was sold in its entirety and guaranteed the largest crowd in the history of college arena with 18,000 fans, Sergio Martinez arrived at the Wynn Hotel at Las Vegas at noon.
The Argentine arrived a little late and after descending from the limo that transported him to the hotel, he answered questions from the press with tranquility and kindness, seeming like anything but a star.
Wearing a gray suit, black Italian shoes and a short brim hat to complete his attire, the Argentine wore a modern version of a suit a 'gentleman' of the decade of the 50s would wear, and he walked quietly down the red carpet without removing his sunglasses, waving to the Argentine fans who were stationed on either side of the corridor located in the east wing of the Wynn hotel.
Madonna's version of the song 'Don't Cry for me, Argentina' echoed in the hall, while the Buenos Aires native ensured that he came to this fight to return to boxing prestige, prestige has ceased to exist since the Mexican won the title belt.
Sergio Martinez is an atypical man in the international boxing circus. He has never been known for scandals, he left his country and settled on the west coast of the United States over a decade ago and he has dedicated himself to his job in his sport and in his personal business projects that will ensure from now, a future as an executive when he retires from boxing.
After greeting the fans, he walked through the hotel lobby lounge towards the organizers arranged to meet the press.
The experience Martinez has gained in his 37 years and more than 40 wins allowed him to once again assure Terra that he would win by knockout in the 11th round, and he added that the fight against Julio Chavez Jr. is not the most difficult of his career.
"The fight against Kelly Pavlik was much more complicated," he said.
He added that Carlos Monzon is his idol and that he will never be at the level of the best fighter in the history of his country and one of the best ever, regardless of his record and titles.
Martinez welcomed the opportunity to make this fight, recognizing the unique opportunity to reaffirm his place in boxing history, and he added that every detail with a view to Saturday's fight was coldly calculated.
"Maravilla" responded to that challenge and said he has made weight and had breakfast bread and eggs without any problems, assuring that he was physically fit and all that remained was to knock out his opponent.
Martinez posed for photographs and left through a door adjacent to the press room, greeting the partial Argentines who shouted to him from the second floor and the stairs.
Claudia, a fan of Martinez's who traveled from Buenos Aires, fanned herself with a large Argentine flag and said her idol would win by knockout in the seventh.
In the first round of this psychological battle, the Argentine left unscathed, showing class and ironclad security.
- The boxers Julio César Chávez Jr. and Sergio 'Maravilla' Martínez met at the Wynn Hotel, when they arrived in Las Vegas for their fight Saturday, in a fight that 18,000 spectators will see at the Thomas & Mack Center. Photo: Especial Terra
- Before the boxers arrived, the media was already there to capture the best moments of the event. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- 'Maravilla' has the support of several admirers, who showed the Argentine flag proudly. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- Martínez looks to take the WBC title from the Mexican, which he won in 2010 against Kelly Pavlik. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- The experience of his 37 years and more thnan 40 victories allowed him to tell Terra he planned to win by knockout in the 11th round. He added that his fight against Chavez Jr. wasn't the most difficult of his career, saying, 'the fight against Pavlik was much harder.' Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- The Argentine arrived a bit late, but he left the limo in style, answering questions from the media in a cool and collected manner. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- Martinez's best qualities as a boxer are his movement and his technical boxing skills that allow him to pile up points. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- This fight is for the WBC title belt. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- On the other side, Chávez Jr., son of Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez, arrived with trainer Freddie Roach. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- He signed autographs for hundreds of fans who gathered at the Wynn Hotel. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- As opposed to his rival, Chávez Jr. arrived informally dressed, with a T-shirt and red sneakers, and he never removed his sunglasses. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- This is Chavez Jr.'s fourth WBC title defense, after winning the title in June 2011 against Germany's Sebastian Zbik. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- This is the most important fight of Chavez Jr.'s career. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- His youth and inexperience are the opposite of the seasoned Martinez, making for an interesting clash Saturday. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- Chavez Jr. told Terra he would break Martinez's jaw after he talked sop much before the bout, but he recognizes the virtues of his rival, but he has no doubts about his ability to win the fight. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- The legend's son said he will be cold and without sentiment Saturday night, explaining that the dirty words used by his opponent will serve as motivation in the fight. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- He recognized that if he beats Martinez, it will be the biggest win of his career. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra
- Chavez added that he learns something new from his father and Freddie Roach every day, because 'they are both legends and libraries of boxing and life, and I always listen to them,' but ultimately, he is the one who has to fight his way. Photo: Alejandro Farffann / Terra