Days after a second attempt to set up a much anticipated boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., Top Rank and Team Pacquiao picked Antonio Margarito as Pacquiao’s next foe over Miguel Cotto. With so many hats to wear, newly elected Philippine congressman Manny Pacquiao had a small window of opportunity to fight this fall so they have set the fight date on November 13.
The fighters and the date are set for the vacant WBC super welterweight crown. Pacquiao is gunning for a record eighth belt in eight different weight classes against Margarito. There is just one more problem to make this consolation fight a reality. Up to this time, Margarito has not secured a boxing license in the U.S.
Since the California State Athletic Commission suspended Margarito and revoked his license in February 2009, he has not been able to fight on American soil. In his last fight against Shane Mosley, illegal solid material was found in his hand wraps. Margarito eventually lost that fight to Mosley and it essentially put a damper to his boxing career.
Margarito cannot secure a license in California and Nevada. His lawyers are now thinking of heading southwest towards Texas for another chance.
If only Mayweather was up to the challenge of fighting Pacquiao, then there should never even be concerns about a boxing venue.