MARGARITO SURGERY SUCCESSFUL

So when can I start running? asked Antonio Margarito moments following successful surgery today to repair a fractured right orbital bone at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Sergio Diaz, manager of Margarito, saidthe doctortold useverything went perfect – no complications of any kind. There is nothing wrong with his right eye.

Antonio is such a warrior. The first thing he asked was when can I start running and we told him he has to relax for awhile, Diaz said. For sure, at least 60 days of no contact of any kind in a gym.

Margarito said I fought as hard as I could against a great champion in Manny Pacquiao.

Margarito will stay at Methodist Hospital this evening. He is with his wife Michelle, managers Sergio Diaz, Francisco Espinoza and chief trainer Robert Garcia. Margarito and his team will take a flight to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“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 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.

“I gave it all I had, but unfortunately I was not able to get the victory over the best fighter in the world today. 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 Robert Garcia for a greatjob and everyone in Oxnard for their great hospitality. I am also very grateful with my wife Michelle, Sergio Diaz and Francisco Espinoza for all their support.

Antonio Margarito is schedule to have surgeryTuesday in Dallas, and hopes to home on Wednesday.