Many fans and experts believe Antonio Margarito doesn’t deserve a shot at Manny Pacquiao. But yet the boxers will fight for the vacant WBC super welterweight title at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Nov. 13.
This fight wouldn’t even be allowed in Nevada or California. Margarito had his boxing license revoked for one year by the California State Athletic Commission after a plaster-like substance was found in his hand wraps before his ninth-round loss to Shane Mosley in Los Angeles in January 2009.
Margarito (38-6, 27 knockouts) beat Roberto Garcia by unanimous decision on May 8 in Mexico in his first fight following his suspension. He then reapplied to the California commission, which denied the Mexican boxer’s application.
That didn’t stop Texas from licensing Margarito in August, setting up a fight that could surpass the record indoor attendance of 63,315 at the Louisiana Superdome for the 1978 fight between Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks.
Nearly lost amid the drama is the fact that Filipino hero Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) is seeking a world title in his eighth different weight class.
The scheduled 12-round fight can be viewed live at 6 p.m. on HBO Pay-Per-View.