Antonio Margarito, 32, went in front of the California State Athletic Commission Wednesday, August 18 to plead his case for reinstatement after a year suspension from boxing for having illegal handwraps before his bout with Shane Mosley at Staples Center.
The commission spent 5 1/2 hours hearing both sides, the prosecution and defense, and came to the conclusion that Margarito hasn’t show true rehabilitation during his suspension.
The vote was 5 to 1, 5 nays and 1 in favor of reinstatement.
This is a tough situation for Bob Arum of Top Rank promotions, who handles Margarito and Manny Pacquiao, because when one state decides on a punishment on such matters–the other states usually follow or agree with the decision, making it difficult for a Antonio Margarito vs Manny Pacquiao fight to happen in the United States.
Bob Arum, still believes that even though California denies Margarito a license to box in the state, he could still try and get a license in several other states.
Texas is the state where the proposed Pacquiao-Margarito fight will take place, and that is one of the other Commissions that Antonio Margarito will meet with for a boxing license. If Margarito cannot get licensed in the United States, Bob Arum said he will make the fight in Mexico.
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