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Antonio Margarito Vows To Retire From Boxing if Paez Wins

By Miguel Rivera

Former world champion Antonio Margarito has promised to retire from boxing if he loses on March 5th at the Mexico City Arena when he faces Jorge 'Maromerito' Paez.

Margarito, 38-years-old, has been inactive since December of 2011. He was stopped in nine rounds in his last fight by Miguel Cotto in their rematch at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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The Mexican veteran wants to prove that his skills are still the same and there are no issues with his right eye. He suffered a fractured orbital bone in his 2010 decision loss to Manny Pacquiao. After multiple surgeries, the eye quickly swelled up in the early rounds of his fight with Cotto and eventually led to the fight being stopped.

He retired after that fight, fearing that his eye would create problems in future contests.

If the boxer looks good against Paez Jr. (39-7-2, 23 KOs), promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions may look to match him against the likes of  Ramon Alvarez (brother of Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez), or even a rematch with former world champion Shane Mosley.

In an interview with Golpe a Golpe - "I do not think about [losing]. I never thought about losing a fight and now with my return I started training eight months ago, and when I found out who my opponent was I began to tighten things up. I've said that if I lose right now, then I have nothing left to do in boxing. In my head I don't see that happening. I trust in what I do, I'm a different man, I have my wife, my children."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by G G G on 02-20-2016

WAR MARGARITOOOOOO!!!!!! De Tijuana, Baja California CABRONESS!!!

Comment by DARKSEID on 02-20-2016

I thought Margacheato retired years ago.

Comment by nycsmooth on 02-20-2016

Paez is a C fighter w/ what??? 7/8 losses w/ not good skills...Tony should have stayed retired...he's totally shot buT hopen his name gets him 1 more decent payday......bad match

Comment by T.M.T on 02-20-2016

part of the big plan to help canela to continue to duck little G. these are a few names that are on the list. lemeaux,maclin,and a cotto rematch

Comment by OctoberRed on 02-20-2016

Paez is a c-minus fighter. If he loses to him he should retire.

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