Shouldn’t Mikey have continued to fight with a broken nose?
By Dan Ambrose: In seeing Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) complaining that he couldn’t breathe out of his broken nose after suffering a head-butt in the 8th round against WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KO’s) last night, it made me wonder if Mikey was quitting because things were starting to turn around for Salido with him finding Mikey with his looping shots. When I think about all the warriors that have fought through really bad broken noses and then I see Mikey with a slightly crooked nose, it’s just kind of off putting to me. I think he should have fought through the pain.
I don’t know how they were able to convince the ringside doctor to stop the fight because I’ve never seen a fight stopped before with a nose that didn’t look bad. Mikey’s nose just looked a little crooked that’s all. I’ve seen fighters with broken noses that were badly swollen and they continued to fight.
Look at Juan Manuel Marquez for example in his fight with Manny Pacquiao. Marquez didn’t tell the ringside doctor he couldn’t breathe out of his nose. I bet the last thing that Marquez would have said that he was having problems breathing because he would want to keep fighting. So why did Mikey want to stop the fight?
I just don’t like the timing for this whole thing. You get injured and you don’t’ want to continue and it coincides with Salido fighting better and landing big shots in rounds six through eight. Salido landed some of his best shots in the 8th round, and then we get the injury.
I don’t like to see fighters not fighting through a broken nose, especially when it’s swollen up badly. Salido was coming on and then the injury. No, I don’t like the way this was stopped and it looked bad. I wanted to give Mikey credit for having knocked Salido down and fighting well for the first four rounds, but the fact of the matter if Salido was coming on at the time of the stoppage and I think Mikey should have taken the pain and continued fighting just as Salido did with his swollen up right eye.