In order for the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight to take place in September, Margarito will first have to find a state which will grant him a boxing license. As you may remember, this fight was quickly announced following the news that the “superfight” between Pac Man and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will not be taking place.
In February 2009, the California boxing commission revoked Margarito’s license due to the plaster found in his hand wraps before the Shane Mosley fight. Federal boxing bylaws prevented him from fighting in other states for a year, and the commission stated that Margarito hasn’t shown responsibility and continued to lie about he plaster, which is why they denied his bid.
Margarito’s promoter Bob Arum has stated that they will now go ahead file for a license in Texas in hopes they can arrange the Super Welterweight Championship bout at the prestigious Cowboys Stadium.
So what are the chances of Texas granting him the license? Maybe not so likely. Until Margarito and his camp are ready to step up and take responsibility for their actions, many other states may be hesitant on granting him the license to fight, fearing other boxers’ safety.
If Margarito is continually denied of the license in various states, boxing fans may once again have to wait to see Pacquiao step into the ring. How soon will it be before Margarito is scratched from the equation all together and Miguel Cotto is asked to step up?
Between this drama and the never ending Mayweather drama, boxing is taking a hard hit when it comes to providing fans with the action they want to see.