Posted by Sabrina B. @gametimegirl

Antonio Margarito, who underwent 75 minutes of surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right orbital bone, already is planning a return to the ring, his manager, Sergio Diaz, informed FanHouse after the fighter’s surgery. Margarito suffered the damage during Saturday night’s unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao.
“Surgery was a success. Antonio is currently in the recovery room,” Diaz wrote in a text message. “Surgery was an hour and fifteen minutes, and doctors say that he must have at least 60 days without any contact.”

The 32-year-old Margarito (38-7, 27 knockouts) did not attend the post-fight press conference after losing to Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs).

Instead, Margarito was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where the massive cut and swelling beneath his right eye socket was examined; he will remain in the hospital at least until Wednesday following the surgery, according to Diaz.

“So when can I start running?” Margarito asked shortly after surgery’s completion, according to Diaz.

Diaz told Margarito to take it slow.

“Antonio’s recovery is our main concern at the moment, although Antonio is speaking about his next fight as far as when he would like to fight again,” said Diaz. “(Top Rank Promotions CEO) Bob Arum is the one who says who his next opponent will be.”

If Margarito decides to return to the ring, Arum told FanHouse that he will be there waiting with an opponent.

“Of course I’ll be there for him. Antonio Margarito is a real warrior. A tremendous warrior,” said Arum. “Even in losing, and in losing what turned out to be a one-sided fight, he enhanced his reputation because he showed everybody that he was a real warrior with no quit in him.”

By Lem Satterfield