After being revoked by the California State Athletic Commission earlier in the month, Antonio Margarito’s application for a boxing license in the state of Texas was approved and the Texas State commission granted him a boxing license on Thursday.
This gives the go ahead for a Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito showdown at the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium in Texas — a place where Manny Pacquiao last fought — drawing over 50,000 people to see his fight against Joshua Clottey in March.
Margarito was not the first choice of opponent for Manny Pacquiao, the first choice was Floyd Mayweather Jr., but he didn’t seem interested in negotiating or making the super-fight with Pacquiao happen, and Bob Arum moved onto the next choice, which was Antonio Margarito.
The press-tour for Pacquiao-Margarito will start next week and head to three key cities, Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. The fight will be at a catchweight of 151-pounds for the vacant WBC Junior-Middleweight title (154-pounds).
The fight will be on HBO Pay-Per-View and will have a Pacquiao vs. Margarito HBO 24-7 series to help promote the fight on HBO.
You can read the official statement on Lance Pugmire’s LA Times blog
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