Manny Pacquiao

Margarito Finally Speaks, Calls Pacquiao “Greatest”

| by Alex Groberman

Antonio Margarito went from the boxing ring straight to the hospital after his 12-round beat down at the hands of Manny Pacquiao Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.

No post-fight interviews. No trying to put on a brave face for his fans. For the Mexican-American fighter who was clearly over-matched from the beginning ‘til the end, it was all about getting treated for the orbital bone fracture he sustained at the hands of the Filipino superstar.

On Monday, though, Margarito finally spoke.

Kind of.

In a statement released from his camp, he had this to say about the fight and the ultimate results:

"I would like to congratulate Manny Pacquiao for his win on Saturday Night. It was a tough and difficult fight for me and I hope the fans enjoy our battle at Cowboys Stadium.

"I also want to thank [Top Rank promoter] Bob Arum for always believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao. I also want to thank all the fans who came to see me and who watched the fight on TV and continue to support me."

The fight wasn’t close in anyone’s eyes. On the official score cards, Pacquiao unanimously took it 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. The results were good enough to give Pacquiao the vacant junior middleweight belt, yet another title in an eighth weight division.

Despite Margarito outweighing his opponent by 17 pounds and having a 6-inch reach advantage on the Filipino superstar, he was handled with ease. At certain points late in the bout, Pacquiao looked over at referee Laurence Cole hoping he would stop the fight. In the 12th round, Pacquiao simply carried his opponent so to not inflict any more damage than he had to.

"I gave it all I had, but unfortunately I was not able to get the victory over the best fighter in the world today," Margarito said. "As I said before the fight, I was never going to quit and tried to win this fight to the very last minute. We had a great training camp and I want to thank [trainer] Robert Garcia for a great job and everyone in Oxnard [Calif.] for their great hospitality. I am also very grateful [for] my wife Michel, [co-managers] Sergio Diaz and Francisco Espinoza for all their support."