Antonio Margarito Face Injury Photos: Orbital Bone Injury
Antonio Margarito Suffered An Orbital Bone Injury During His Fight With Manny Pacquiao on Saturday
Margarito had to go straight to hospital after the fight and skipped the postfight news conference at the request of the doctor and his team. He suffered a fractured orbital bone and is now set to have surgery on Tuesday in Texas according to the Associated Press.
- Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito Results and Fight Video
- Pacquiao vs Margarito Fight Start Time, TV Schedule
The injury to his eye socket was only discovered at the hospital but for those who watched the fight, it was clear from the condition of Margarito's face at the end of the 12 rounds, that he must have sustained some serious damage.
Legendary Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach was critical of the late-round decision-making of Margarito's corner, saying they should have forced a stoppage.
"There was no way I was going to quit. I'm a Mexican, we fight until the end," Margarito said.
Roach said that he was surprised how tough Margarito was, but said they [fight officials] probably ruined his career by not stopping the fight.
Pacquiao turned Margarito into a bloody and nearly blind fighter with a dizzying array of punches, dominating from the opening rounds on at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The beating was so thorough that the congressman from the Philippines turned to referee Laurence Cole several times in the 11th round, imploring him to stop the fight.
"I told the referee, 'Look at his eyes, look at his cuts,'" Pacquiao said. "I did not want to damage him permanently. That's not what boxing is about."
The orbital bone is the cavity or socket of the skull where the eye and its appendages are located; seven bones make up the orbital cavity.