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Margarito's Manager: I Wanted to Throw in the Towel

11/17/2010 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

There was ONE person in Antonio Margarito's corner this weekend who claims he wanted the fighter to bow out of the savage beatdown he was suffering at the hands of Manny Pacquiao ... but Antonio refused to listen.

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Antonio underwent surgery in Dallas yesterday for a broken eye socket ... an injury that Margarito's manager Sergio Diaz Jr. claims he tried to prevent ... by pleading with Antonio to throw in the towel.

Sergio says Margarito was adamant that no one was to end the fight before the final bell -- and the entire team ultimately respected his wishes. But Sergio tells us he's blaming himself for not taking "more responsibility" ... adding, "I have to sit down with [Antonio]. We can’t let this go on next time."

Sergio tells us, the badass boxer has no regrets ... adding, "He wouldn’t have wanted anything different. Fight to the end."

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1.

jovan    

YUCK

1438 days ago
2.

bopeep    

is he crazy? why would he follow his fighters' wishes when the fighter looks like that?! he should know better...

1438 days ago
3.

pakboy    

wow! margarito earned my respect here! im sure he will come back strong... he might be dead by the end of their bout, yet he keeps on fighting!

1438 days ago
4.

Shread    

PacMan did his job. Margarito's Coach Garcia did not.

1438 days ago
5.

T    

After watching that fight. I understand why Mayweather is afraid to fight him. I wouldn't fight him either.

1438 days ago
6.

sander    

Yeah, like he did. Just enjoy your commission a$$****. If the reports are true that margarito is tested positive for enhancement drug after the fight then he should be banned for life.This only shows he doesn't have any remorse wht he did last time and what he did now.No wonder he talk about guarantee he will win the fight.Yeah right, the only problem is he forgot to bet his bigget payday on gambling because he didn't know.

1438 days ago
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Zippy T. Pinhead    

Yeah right, his manager called him a badazz. I think what he meant to say was dumbazz. And has his manager ever heard of throwing in the towel? He may have lost his job but at least he may have saved his fighters life. And like someone else said, where was the ref during this total beatdown?

1438 days ago
8.

ifeo nweke    

Margarito's team is saying a lot of bullcrap about not stopping the fight. They always alibi that Margarito is a warrior, only the last bell could stop him, need to respect margarito's decision. Well, every boxer is a warrior, they come inside the ring knowing what they need to do. The thing is, they did not care to stop the fight because they were all hoping, praying and waiting for the elusive one lucky punch of margarito, which pacquiao succesfully dodged.
A towel is a towel, once they threw that inside the ring, everybody shall respect it, even margarito, the referee, judges and all officials included. The fact is, they don't want to do it, because they believe that margarito was still capable to dish out a lucky punch to reverse the outcome of the fight.
They may not have a clean towel in their corner to throw that night, maybe.

1438 days ago
9.

fran    

Why do men feel the need to savagely beat the hell out of one another , and call it a sport. Why do some people feel the need to watch them do it.

1438 days ago
10.

William    

Margarito, you have cojones of steel! But you have a wife and a son. You don't want a widowed wife and a fatherless son. If this happens next time, there's no shame in stopping the fight. Think about your family, hombre!

1438 days ago
11.

DANA    

ME ALEGRO QUE MARGARITO TERMINO ASI ..YA QUE SE BURLO DEL EL CACH DE MANNY POR TENER PARKINSON ..YO TAMBIEN LE HUBIERA DADO UNA TROMPADA ..
ESTOS TIPOS DE MEXICANOS AVERGUENZAN AL RESTO DE LOS LATINOS QUE VIVIMOS EN ESTE PAIS ...FUERA MARGARITO !!! MANNY TE HISO UNA MARGARITA CON TU FACE HAHAHAHAHHAH !!!
TU ERES EL PERDEDOR Y PINCHE JOTO !!! JAJAJAJAJAJAJA.
LOSER !!

1438 days ago
12.

arnel    

I salute Congressman Pacquiao for his gesture he show the World what he is...Pacquiao is very compasionate figther he did not want anybody to be seriously hurt....As he told on his interview "boxing is not for killing your opponent" so, the next time Lawrence Cole officiate the fight it is better to throw your towel than to watch your figther being killed....

1438 days ago
13.

mander    

boxing handlers don't need to ask permission from their fighter to throw in the towel especially if he is being beaten badly!

1438 days ago
14.

mander    

shallow reasoning of the handlers of margarito. you don't need to ask a boxer before you throw in the towel especially if he is being beaten badly!

1438 days ago
15.

coolwaterjinx    

MARGARITO is a true MEXICAN WARRIOR!!!
thus,
DELA HOYA is a true MEXICANA WARRIOR!!!
shame on you OSCAR, quitter!!!

1438 days ago
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