Former welterweight champ, Antonio Margarito, was granted a license to box in Texas on Thursday (August 26), which will lead the way for a match-up against Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao in November.
According to ESPN, Margarito was granted a license by the state of Texas despite California denying him earlier this month. Thanks to the news, he’ll now meet Pac-Man at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on November 13th for HBO PPV.
Margarito’s license was previously revoked, following his January 2009 knockout loss to Shane Mosley in which his hand wraps were found to be illegal before the fight.
However, Margarito has consistently insisted that he was unaware of anything illegal being placed into his hand wraps. His trainer Javier Capetillo took the blame, but claimed the illegal pads were in the wraps by accident.
He went before the California commission this month in an effort to be re-licensed to fight Pac-Man, because he was allowed to reapply after the one-year revocation period had expired. But, California regulators did not believe Margarito’s story and denied his application.
Texas, however, has allowed the fighter the opportunity to fight once again.
“After a thorough review of his application it was determined Mr. Margarito met the requirements of the Texas Combative Sports Act and Rules,” William Kuntz, the executive director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, said in a statement to ESPN.
“I want to thank the state of Texas for granting me a boxing license, which enables me to continue my passion for the sport of boxing in the United States,” Margarito added. “I have dedicated my life to giving the fans of the sport entertainment and excitement. On Nov. 13, this great opportunity will ultimately be fulfilled when I battle Manny Pacquiao.”
The upcoming fight will be Pacquiao’s second consecutive fight at Jerry Jones’ $1.2 billion stadium home of the Dallas Cowboys. His easily defeated Joshua Clottey in March with a unanimous decision. Margarito also previously defeated Clottey back in December 2006, by 12-round unanimous decision, during which he set a Compubox all-time record of 1675 total punches thrown in a twelve round bout.
If Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) wins against Margarito, he will collect a title in a record-extending eighth weight class. He has already won titles at welterweight, junior welterweight, lightweight, junior lightweight, featherweight, junior featherweight and flyweight.
The fight will be Margarito’s first since he outpointed Roberto Garcia in May in his home country of Mexico.