The Birmingham fighter made life continually uncomfortable for the Argentinian, but he was knocked down twice in the 11th, causing his camp to withdraw their man.
Both fighters scaled comfortably inside the 160-pound limit with WBC diamond champion Martinez coming in ripped and ready at 157.5lbs while challenger Macklin was a touch heavier at 158lbs.
Speaking at the final press conference, Irishmen Macklin said it was his destiny to defeat the man he called the ‘real middleweight champion’ 18-years to the day he first laced a pair of gloves.
WBC middleweight diamond champion Sergio Martinez and challenger Matthew Macklin came together at sports store Modell’s in Times Square for a media workout ahead of the St Patrick’s Day dust up at Madison Square Garden this weekend, live on Sky Sports.
The World Boxing Council has released a statement approving middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Champion Emeritus Sergio Martinez to meet next if they come through their respective bouts in the coming months.