OXNARD, Calif. -- On Wednesday, boxer Antonio Margarito will head to Sacramento to meet with the California State Athletic Commission attempting to get his boxing license.
Margarito lost the license after officials discovered plaster inserts inside his hand wraps before a January 2009 fight vs. Shane Mosley.
Margarito was suspended one-year for cheating and has claimed he knew nothing about the plaster inserts. He has fought only once since the suspension ended, in Mexico, and a decision to license him in Nevada was tabled recently because that commission wanted to see what California would do.
Jerry Jones is a patient man and he's hoping Margarito can get licensed in California so he can bring him to Texas and fight Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium on Nov. 13.
"We are well aware of the sanctions and what needs to be done to have the fight," Jones said. "I think that’s a date that fits us real good and one that fits the fighters."
If Margarito gets his license, he most likely applies for a license in Texas on Thursday. Once he does that it normally takes close to 10 days to finalize the application. Should California deny Margarito a license, he can still apply for a license in Texas. However, the executives of the Texas Department of Licensing would review his application.
A few years ago, it did the same thing when Mike Tyson applied for a license to fight in Texas and was denied.
The Cowboys want Margarito to fight Pacquiao and not Miguel Cotto, who was another possible opponent, because of the possibility that many Mexican-American fight fans would attend.
"I don’t have to speculate," Jones said. "Having Manny Pacquiao back in that stadium is a huge incentive to be involved."
The first fight at Cowboys Stadium in March drew over 50,000 fans. Margarito showed up for that bout and was booed at the weigh-in by fans the day before. Many have not forgiven Margarito for cheating in the ring. Or rather, getting caught cheating.
Of course the best fight to have is Floyd Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, but that bout is headed to Las Vegas, whenever it happens.
For now, we have Margarito vs. Pacquaio.