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Margarito Feared Pacquiao Beating Ending His Career

By Keith Idec
 
NEW YORK — Antonio Margarito admits he thought his career was over.

After having surgery to repair a broken right orbital bone incurred during his lopsided loss to Manny Pacquiao, an eye specialist told him he couldn’t fight again. That’s how blurry the vision in Margarito’s right eye remained several months after Pacquiao pummeled him in Arlington, Texas.

It wasn’t until he underwent cataract surgery May 19 at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah that Margarito, 33, felt confident he could continue his career.

“I’m physically ready and I’m mentally ready,” said Margarito, who’ll face Miguel Cotto in a highly anticipated rematch Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden. “I’ve had some time off to rest. I’m actually back in the gym. I’ve been sparring, I’ve been training, and I’m going to be mentally and physically prepared for this fight.”

Sergio Diaz, Margarito’s co-manager, senses his fighter is much more at ease because his checkups with Dr. Alan S. Crandalll have gone well since Margarito resumed boxing activities.

“He’s not concerned anymore,” Diaz said. “At first, yes, he was concerned. But we’ve been going back and forth to Utah, to Dr. Crandall. We go every three weeks and he’s been giving us nothing but positive news.

“Antonio did consider retirement for a while. If the doctor was to say, ‘I don’t recommend you fighting,’ he would not be fighting. But the doctor fixed his eye and he said, ‘I don’t see why you can’t go on with your career.’ And that’s why he’s going on with his career.”

Mexico’s Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs, 1 NC) will have been off for more than a year by the time he encounters Cotto again. His trainer, Robert Garcia, isn’t worried about Margarito’s long layoff, nor whether Margarito will be the same after undergoing two serious surgeries.

“I train my fighters to win, so that’s what I’m going to do,” Garcia said. “If I felt that he wasn’t ready or that he wasn’t OK, then I would’ve told him, ‘You know what? Please don’t do it,’ or, ‘I don’t want to be part of it.’ But I know that he’s ready and he’s hungry to do it, and I know that he will do it again.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -Makunouchi- on 09-25-2011

Mayweather vs De La Hoya/Hatton/JMM/Mosley/Ortiz > Pac vs Hoya/Cotto/Hatton/Clottey/Margarito/Mosley = This is funny! No matter what angle you see this. Lol, when or who! One blinded floydiot! Hope that floyd signs the contract after Pac Demolishes JMM! The next thread…

Comment by WESS on 09-24-2011

[QUOTE=komandante;11198425]What's two things common with Margs and Cotto. Both fighters Floyd avoid. Both fighters Pac destroyed.:boxing:[/QUOTE] Hardly the case but what ever makes you feel better at night. I see that your comparing pac to Floyd, good on ya. One…

Comment by v.cassiusali@ya on 09-24-2011

come on, robert, even if cheato is not fit to fight again you will still insist to keep cheato fighting because of the cut you have in cheato's purse... cheato is just too lucky to have arum on his back...

Comment by komandante on 09-23-2011

What's two things common with Margs and Cotto. Both fighters Floyd avoid. Both fighters Pac destroyed.:boxing:

Comment by ippo_miyata on 09-23-2011

[QUOTE=POMPANOJOHNNY;11194635]Paciou hit ricky hatton 5 times and k.o.d him. He hit cotto maybe 20 times clean before cotto went down the first time. He hit margarito 448 time with clean power punches. He never went down, never quit, wanted to…

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