According to Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum, former welterweight boxing champion Antonio Margarito will headline Top Rank’s May 8th “Latin Fury 14” on pay-per-view, marking his ring return since his suspension on January 2009.
Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) will face fellow Mexican Roberto Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight non-title bout at Aguascalientes, Mexico on May 8, 2010.
Antonio Margarito had his boxing license suspended for one year by the California state athletic commission after a plaster-like substance was found in his hand-wraps before a boxing match at Staples Center in January of last year in which he lost his WBA welterweight title to Sugar Shane Mosley by stoppage.
Margarito recently applied for a license in Texas so he could fight on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey, but his application wasn’t approved and Top Rank had to find another route for the Mexican pressure fighter to go.
The California suspension prevents Margarito from fighting in any US venue but would not stop him from fighting in another country like Mexico or Central America.
Bob Arum has stated that Antonio Margarito is a likely the next opponent for Manny Pacquiao if Manny and Floyd Mayweather Jr. don’t agree to terms for an anticipated super fight.
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