Margarito Gets Texas Boxing License
It’s all systems go for the November 13 showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito at the Cowboys Stadium. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation gave Margarito a license to fight on Thursday, saying that the Mexican-American boxer’s application was in order.
“After a thorough review of his application it was determined Mr. Margarito met the requirements of the Texas Combative Sports Act and Rules,” regulation department executive director William Kuntz said. The approval comes more than a week since California’s denial of Margarito’s application for a permit to fight in the state, which revoked his license after he was found to have used illegal hand wraps during his January 2009 loss to Shane Mosley.
“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 said in a statement after the department announced its decision.
Pacquiao and Margarito will fight for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. A win for Pacquiao, who will be fighting at the Cowboys Stadium for the second-straight time, will give him a title in a record-extending eighth weight class. On the other hand, Margarito, a former WBO, IBF, and WBA welterweight titleholder, is hoping to continue his redemption and win a title in a second weight class.