Pacquiao to fight Margarito not Mayweather

Saturday, July 24, 2010
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Bob Arum appears to be moving ahead afterthe Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout once again failed to materialise. The promoter is lining up a fight between Mexican-American boxer Antonio Margarito against Phillipine superstar Manny Pacquiao to take place in the United States.

It should be happening in either Las Vegas or a return to the Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas where Pacquiao fought last time out. If Margarito can't get a license it will go to Monterrey, Mexico.

According to Yahoo! Sports and Sports Illustrated the bout will take place on November 13 with Arum promoting on behalf of both.

The belt being contested is the vacant WBC super-welterweight title.

Margarito is a former world welterweight champion who had his boxing license revoked in 2009 after the California State Athletic Commission found out that he tried to put plaster-caked inserts inside his gloves before the Shane Mosley fight.

He is now is seeking a Nevada one-fight exemption.

Margarito got a decision against Roberto Garcia in 10 rounds to capture the vacant WBC International Light Middleweight title during his last fight in May. He was by all accounts unimpressive.

If he fights like that against Pacquiao the words "last fight" might well have a whole new meaning for him.

This now seems to exclude the possible rematch against Miguel Ángel Cotto for the WBA Super Welterweight title.

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