By Eric Thomas: Antonio Margarito, the former World Boxing Association welterweight champion, won’t be fighting on the March 13th Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey fight card, the Los Angeles Times is reporting. Margarito was supposed to be fighting Carson Jones on the undercard at the Dallas Cowboy stadium. Now, however, Margarito will be fighting instead on May 8th, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. There were hopes that Margarito would be able to received his boxing license by the Texas Athletic Commission so that he could fight on the Pacquiao-Clottey undercard.
Instead, Margarito will have to settle for fighting in Mexico, where any types of suspensions from the United States don’t apply. Margarito, 31, was suspended last year after plaster kind of substance was found in his hand wraps before his January 2009 fight against Shane Mosley. The California Athletic Commission subsequently suspended Margarito’s license for one year.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is working on getting Margarito’s suspension lifted in California. In place of Margarito-Jones fight, former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz will be facing Humberto Soto. That fight could end up being a poor replacement for the Margarito bout, because Soto is very talented and Diaz appears to be over his head in this fight.