Dennis Taylor

Margarito won’t retire, according to manager

Antonio Margarito has no plans to retire, according to his manager.

Sergio Diaz said during a radio interview that reports that Margarito had suffered a detached retina were premature, and the two-division world champion intends to fight on.

"There's no retirement, there's no detached retina," Diaz told Brad Cooney of "He is taking some time off — a medical timeout — and he hasn't been given the green light to go out and fight, but he's allowed to train and spar."

Margarito suffered a fractured orbital bone during his loss to Manny Pacquiao in November and is still on the mend, Diaz said.

"It's all about getting that orbital bone healed," he said. "The last thing we want to do is put him in the ring prematurely and have something worse happen to him."

The 33-year-old Margarito (38-7, 27 knockouts) turned pro in 1994 and has held world titles at welterweight and junior middleweight. His image turned south when his trainer was caught using a plaster-like substances on his Margarito' hand wraps prior to his TKO loss to Shane Mosley in 2009.


Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of and co-host of The Ringside Boxing Show.

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