The proposed fight between Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao on November 13th looks to be dead in the water after the Mexican was denied a boxing license to fight in California.
The state athletic commission initially banned Margarito from fighting for a year in January 2009 for having a plaster-type substance in his hand wraps.
They have since upheld their decision.
Margarito denied knowing anything about the wraps initially. He blamed his coach Javier Capetillo who he then fired.
He had hoped to be able to fight again soon to secure the fight with Pacquiao.
On Wednesday, the commission took five hours to deliberate. They decided to withhold the former WBA, IBF, and WBO welterweight champion’s license.
Margarito is to appeal the decision but its looks as if the clash may now be called off.
PACQUIAO vs MARGARITO
The commission’s decision may now have a knock-on effect. The application for a license in Nevada and Texas both hinged on the outcome of the California application. Therefore, any proposed fight may have to take place outside of the United States. This outcome would not appeal to Pacquiao.
This could be a chance to resurrect the fight everybody wants to see, a long awaited clash featuring Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Only time will tell if both fighters want to go down that road again.