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MANNY PACQUIAO’S bruised face shows the effect of Antonio Margarito’s punches. KEATS LONDON/INQUIRER US CORRESPONDENT




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Tired, hurting champion resting in Los Angeles

By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:51:00 11/16/2010

Filed Under: Pacquiao, Boxing, Exercise and Sports Injuries

HOLLYWOOD?Manny Pacquiao showed his hands briefly to his companions in the first-class section of the Boeing 757 plane he had chartered for his fight with Antonio Margarito.

Both hands were bruised and swollen from clobbering Margarito during their WBC super welterweight title fight in Texas at the weekend.

?He absorbed all my punches,? said Pacquiao, who sat beside his wife Jinkee in the two-hour, 49-minute flight from Dallas-Fort Worth airport to Los Angeles on Sunday.

Pacquiao, his face bruised and plump from the battering he also took during the fight, was tired and hurting after clinching an eighth title in as many divisions and rewriting history.

While he bombarded Margarito with 411 power punches, he absorbed 135 in return, including a thunderous hook to the rib cage that sucked the air out of Pacquiao in the sixth round.

During the thanksgiving Mass at the convention hall of the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine City on Sunday morning, Pacquiao had to be helped to his feet in one instance by Jinkee and conditioning expert Alex Ariza.

Much as he wanted to, Pacquiao was unable to oblige autograph-seekers as his fingers were swelling as well.

Unknown to the 41,734 fans who watched the bout at Cowboys Stadium, Pacquiao visited his battered Mexican rival in his locker room minutes after the fight.

Pacquiao, a devout Christian, said he wanted to know if Margarito was all right and was assured that the Mexican would recover from his injuries.

Margarito, who wound up with a swollen face and shut right eye with a big cut under it, remained in the hospital on Sunday. Promoter Bob Arum said the Mexican had a broken right eye socket and would have surgery on Tuesday in Texas.

Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Manny and Jinkee proceeded to their lavish house near Hancock Park to rest.

Despite his condition, Pacquiao is expected to honor a commitment to perform, with his MP band, in a concert at a Lake Tahoe casino in Nevada.



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