Saturday, July 31, 2010

Floyd Mayweather Sr. Said His Son Doesn't Fear Manny Pacquiao

For those who think that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scared of Manny Pacquiao, think again.

Or better yet, let Floyd Sr. tell you that his son is not a coward. He said recently on that Pacquiao is the last person that his son is afraid of.

That statement by Floyd Sr. would be accurate.And if you never paid attention or ignored anything that Floyd Sr. said that was valid before, take him for his word now. Floyd Sr. knows his son better than anyone else.

He also thinks that Pacquiao controlled the terms of his fight against Antonio Margarita.

In a way, the Pac Man does have the upper hand in the November fight.

Margarita, who's used to fighting at a heavier weight, may have to drop to 150 pounds to meet Pacquiao about halfway.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum doesn't care about the lost appeal this matchup will generate. He has no problem pitting both fighters against each other because he promotes Pacquiao and Margarita.

Floyd Sr. said the Pacquiao vs. Margarita fight is B.S. "This ain't nothing but scrutiny," he told According to him, Pacquiao dictates the situation by fighting Margarita at 150, which could take away some of Margarita's strength.

In fact, the weight advantage favors Pacquiao, which irritated Floyd Sr. "Anytime you got a little (expletive) short Filipino come in and call shots like this, you (expletive) right this (expletive) can be the mayor, president, or whoever the (expletive) he supposed to be over there," Floyd Sr. said in the interview.

Floyd Sr. doesn't agree that Pacquiao isn't the pound-for-pound king. "He ain't nowhere near the pound-for-pound king," Floyd Sr. said, "but he's the catchweight king. He's got that title."

Right now, Floyd Sr. has Pacquiao beating Margarita. Pac Man can still whoop Margarita, whether he's light or heavy.

No one has to remind Floyd Sr. that his son was over the weight limit in his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, which he had to pay a $600,000 fine.

I will agree with Floyd Sr. on one thing: Pacquiao should've challenged the best Jr. middleweight in Timothy Bradley. However, Floyd Sr., who wasn't impressed in Bradley's last fight, thinks Pacquiao is taking the easy road.

One example of Pacquiao taking the easy road was in his fight against Ricky Hatton, whose skills were on the decline.

I also agree with Floyd Sr. on Pacquiao not being the Fighter of the Decade or a role model. On the other hand, I'm not saying that Floyd Jr. is a complete role model.

Floyd Jr. can look no further than his own father, who served prison time and wasn't around in the early year's of his adult life. There were some accusations of Shane Mosley throwing the fight against Floyd Jr., which hasn't been proven. Mosley went the distance, and he lost fair and square.

The best chance for Floyd Jr. to take accept the deal for a superfight is now. He stands to make more money next year, minus the 39 percent in taxes. If Floyd waits too late, the tax rate after 2011 will go up, and he loses more.

Anyway, Floyd Jr. can take the 60-40 split, if that's true, and challenge Pacquiao to take the drug test. Take Pac Man off the juice and see how much guts he has.

"Money" must act fast because he will be 34-years-old next year. He knows that another year away from boxing will rob him of some of his skills and commercial appeal.

Since Floyd Sr. plans on retiring as a trainer due to health reasons, his son can give the ultimate gift a dad would want.

Sign the papers, make about $60 million and ride off in the sunset undefeated like Rocky Marciano.


Friday, July 30, 2010


Let’s get the facts straight…Floyd “Money” Mayweather isn’t ducking Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

The truth of the matter is Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum never agreed to “random drug testing without a cutoff date,” instead, they agreed to a 14 day cutoff for the Olympic style drug testing, so, that is why the fight didn’t get made.

Manny still doesn’t want to take the random blood tests that will catch a fighter if he is taking EPO, Steroids, or other Illegal Performance Enhancement Drugs.

Manny’s excuse for not taking the Olympic style random blood tests is because he is scared of needles and giving blood too soon will weaken him before a fight.

This shows that Pacquiao is mentally weak compared to Floyd because he is superstitious that the blood will weaken him in the fight when it’s been medically proven that the small amount of blood won’t make you weak before a fight. But, he could be hiding something and doesn’t want to be found out. Whatever the reason, it’s the main problem for the fight not happening.

People are so quick to blame Floyd Mayweather for everything but be careful what you wish for because a pissed off Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not someone you wanna be in the boxing ring with. Floyd Mayweather, when he is mad can toy with you in the worst way, he will take you into deep waters and drown your ass. Watch what he did to Diego Corrales and Arturo Gatti, he demolished those guys with amazingly brilliant technical boxing and counter punch combination’s.

Before those fights people were building up Diego “Chico” Corrales and Arturo “Thunder” Gatti as the ones to defeat Floyd Mayweather and that pissed Floyd off, so, he had to prove a point and he unleashed hell on them.

Diego Corrales was the baddest man at superfeatherweight he was a knockout artist who was destroying guys left and right and just like Floyd Mayweather he was undefeated at the time. When Floyd fought Corrales he toyed with him, it was hit and not get hit, it was so beautiful and unreal, you would have thought you were watching the Flash in there because Mayweather was so quick he was able to land punches and didn’t get hit. People were saying that Corrales would destroy Floyd but it was Floyd who destroyed the fearsome KO artist that night and handed him his first loss. They said Gatti would bully Floyd but Gatti couldn’t even close the distance or land a single punch on Floyd.

Floyd Mayweather never ducked anyone. He fought the best in his division and he beat prime and undefeated fighters. Manny Pacquiao has never beaten a prime fighter or undefeated top guy ever! All of Manny’s opponents were hand fed to him by Freddie Roach and Bob Arum.

Manny fought hand picked, drained and shot fighters like, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Paper Champion David Diaz, war torn Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya, all these guys were damaged goods before Pacquiao fought them and now Manny is gonna fight Antonio Margarito, who was stopped by Sugar Shane Mosley, at a catchweight. Margarito is another fighter tailor made for Pacquiao and the fight proves nothing.

The only top prime fighter that Manny Pacquiao fought in his life was Juan Manuel Marquez and both times Manny Pacquiao was given gift decisions when he really lost those fights. Look what Mayweather did to Marquez, he schooled him, Mayweather had no trouble with Marquez while Pacquiao went through hell and back with Juan Manuel Marquez and Marquez put on boxing lesson against Manny Pacquiao.

Floyd doesn’t have to talk to the media about the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao negotiations failing again because this time there were no negotiations, so, there is nothing for Floyd to talk about.

The truth is Floyd is not scared of Manny Pacquiao. Floyd just wants a clean an even playing field, and if Manny takes the random drug tests without a cutoff date, then, Floyd Mayweather will tax that ass.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Floyd Mayweather Jr. admits he is ducking Manny Pacquiao

From the appearance of it, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is okay with being termed as a coward by the media.

UFC president, Dana White, endorses the biggest mixed martial arts organization globally and happens to be a big boxing fan, who wants to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao get it on in the boxing ring.

However, Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t wish to fight Manny Pacquiao. He is okay with being termed as coward and ducker. Based on a Fox Sports article, when asked by Dana White when he was gonna fight Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather answered “Well, I’m not desperate,” what did Floyd mean when he said that?

Well, from my interpretation, Mayweather meant “Why would I risk fighting a ferocious fighter like Manny Pacquiao and lose my undefeated record, I don’t need money that bad?” Mayweather was implying that only those people who are desperate and hurting for money will take on this type of risky and hazardous task for an incredible number of dollars.

It’s like if someone else asks you, would you jump in shark tank for $ 5,000? A desperate person would do it but a cautious logical person would realize the risk isn’t worth the incentive. For Mayweather the risk of fighting Manny Pacquiao isn’t worth the reward of over $60 million in prize money win or lose.

I would think Floyd would take the fight because he brags about how he is the best and Manny Pacquiao is easy to beat and how he doesn’t fight for bragging rights he only fights for checks. But all the money in the world cannot buy Floyd Mayweather a pair of you know whats.

Mayweather has enough money, he isn’t dumb and he knows that Manny Pacquiao is in his prime and is so relentless that it would force Floyd to mix it up with the Filipino slugger from Gen San.

Floyd Mayweather doesn’t care about the fans, even though, they are the ones who fattened his pockets and pay his bills by ordering his pay per view fights. Floyd would never be able to live the lavish lifestyle he lives today if it wasn’t for the fans paying for his fights. If he cared about the sport of boxing and the boxing fans he would make the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight happen.

Floyd is self centered and ungrateful. It shows by the way he denies the boxing fans the fight they want to see. He is all about himself and no one else.

Remember, America is the HOME OF THE BRAVE and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is acting very un-American right now, this is why more American fight fans are rooting for Manny Pacquiao because they respect his bravery in the ring.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito: Why Not Margarito?

Since everyone has got an opportunity to digest and get their frustration out concerning the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito (nobody likes this fight—I really don't like it, you don’t, like it, and your dog doesn’t like it either—Margarito is an unlicensed cheater and Pacquiao is one of the top two fighters in the world); most people are labeling this a sideshow, but I’m going to provide a different view of this. I’m not a fan of this fight but I will put that aside and think rationally.

The first positive originating from this is the face we don’t have to see Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto II. No one wanted this, and frankly it wouldn’t have gone much different.

Now if you look around at potential opponents, why not Margarito? At welterweight there aren’t any fighters I may wish to see him fight.

Shane Mosley, maybe, but he is tied up with Sergio Mora. Andre Berto is an exciting choice but he is too young and green at this point.

Timothy Bradley is a superb choice and I would love to see that fight. Undeniably that would be a top notch fight.

We wont be getting a Bradley fight, and we will be getting a Margarito fight. So lets look at the fighters themselves.

Margarito is 5’11” with a 73” reach, and the fight will be contested at 150 pounds. Pacman is 5’6 1/2” inches tall and has a 67” reach. That gives Margarito a big time height and reach advantage. The height and reach is the biggest difference Pacquiao will have to overcome in his career.

In the grand scheme of things this doesn’t mean much due to Margarito’s fighting style. He doesn’t use that advantage and he wont start against Pacquiao. The speed factor without a doubt goes to Pacquiao and power is up for debate. Was Margarito’s power solely from the concrete wraps or does he still have decent power?

He put down tough guy Roberto Garcia in his last fight but couldn’t put him away. That is the biggest question for most fight fans. If he has power left in the gloves like he showed before he may be able to get the respect of Pacquiao. Even if he does hit Pacquiao cleanly the chances of hurting him badly are slim.

Who has the better chin is up for debate. Pacquaio has been knocked out before but that was a long time ago. Margarito used to have the best chin in boxing before getting destroyed by Mosley. He has never been hurt outside of that fight and its fair to say that he probably can take a shot from Pacquiao.

So Pacquiao has every conceivable advantage, but he will be fighting one tough S.O.B. in Margarito. He will have a tough time making him quit, and frankly, this will be a give-and-take affair for 12 rounds.

How Pacquaio will respond to a war is up for debate. He has been mowing over opponents lately and hasn’t faced much resistance since fighting Juan Manuel Marquez.

Again I don’t promote this fight and I certainly don’t think it should have been made. When you really look at it though, why not Antonio Margarito?

Exec: Pacquiao-Mayweather talks true

As pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao moves on to a probable Nov. 13 fight against Antonio Margarito -- now that Floyd Mayweather has said he is not interested in making boxing's biggest fight, at least this year -- there is still some unfinished business from the messiness of last week's cliffhanger: Were the Pacquiao and Mayweather camps negotiating the fight or not?

Top Rank's Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, insists they were, using HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg as an intermediary.

The Mayweather camp said that is not true and that there were never any negotiations.

The man in the middle of the storm, Greenburg, remained silent even when pressed repeatedly to offer his version of events.

On Monday night, Greenburg finally did.

He took the Arum/Pacquiao side.

"Fights like Mayweather vs. Pacquiao are significant because of these fighters' ability to connect with sports fans around the world. It's unfortunate that it won't happen in 2010," Greenburg said in a statement. "I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2nd, carefully trying to put the fight together. Hopefully, someday this fight will happen. Sports fans deserve it."

The date Greenburg mentioned was the day after Mayweather's resounding decision win against Shane Mosley.

Arum had said over and over during the past two weeks, beginning on a 3 a.m. ET July 17 conference call to announce that the exclusive window to negotiate with Mayweather had closed, that he was negotiating the fight with Al Haymon, Mayweather's adviser, with Greenburg as the go-between.

Arum said he would discuss deal points with Greenburg, who would then take them to Haymon and vice versa.

Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's other adviser and the public voice because Haymon refuses to speak to the press, said a few days after Arum outlined how the talks went that there had never been any negotiations.

He released a statement a few days after Arum's teleconference that said, "Here are the facts. Al Haymon, (Golden Boy Promotions CEO) Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis, and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place, nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying."

Ellerbe was clearly taking a shot at Arum, whose history of playing fast and loose with the truth is legendary in boxing circles.

Schaefer, who has promoted Mayweather's past several fights, also denied the negotiations and said he stood behind Ellerbe's statement.

Arum was pleased that Greenburg supported his version of events and cut him slack for taking a week to say so publicly.

"He works for a major public company and he has to clear this sort of thing with his bosses," Arum told "I understand that he had to get his statement cleared."

Arum was not so kind to Schaefer.

"The one you should all be taking to task is Schaefer for lying to the press," Arum said. "You don't do that. You can say 'no comment' or say nothing. Richard Schaefer owes an apology to the press, not to me, because I've written him off a long time ago. But now anything he says will be suspect. I don't feel vindicated by Ross' statement because that's what happened. I knew what happened because I know I lived through the negotiations. I knew what I said about them was absolutely truthful so I didn't give a damn who believed me. No skin off my back.

"Indeed, when I made the statement about the negotiations on the conference call, I wasn't looking for controversy. I was kind to Mayweather. But Mayweather is the boss on his side and when he says, 'jump,' you're supposed to ask, 'how high.' That's why none of them have any credibility. Schaefer and Haymon and Ellerbe, they cling to the Mayweather boat because that's the source of their riches. So the fact is that Ellerbe, who is not a bad guy, will do anything that Floyd asks, but Floyd is not quite a rational person. For Schaefer to be part of this drinking the Kool Aid is really pathetic. It's really sad. Doesn't he have any pride?"

Ellerbe was surprised to hear what Greenburg said, but told, "I stand behind my statement 100 percent. Obviously, the term negotiation needs to be defined to those parties who are making these comments. Calling to inquire about what Floyd is thinking about doing is not a negotiation. There was never any negotiation. I respect Ross but I am 100 percent sure there were no negotiations."

Schaefer, in Las Vegas promoting Saturday night's Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz lightweight championship fight on HBO PPV, once again backed Ellerbe.

"I think it's unfortunate that Ross made that statement," Schaefer told "I fully stand behind the statement I made. I have not negotiated with Ross and I am not aware of any negotiations that have taken place.

"If Ross or Arum wants to go through a lie detector test, we can arrange that. I can only tell you I have regular contact with Al and Leonard and there were no negotiations going on. I don't know exactly what Ross is referring to or what he is talking about. But I have been very consistent. There were none going on. Arum should just get a life and stop attacking me on a nonstop basis. This is really childish."

Arum is now focused on finalizing the Pacquiao-Margarito fight, which if completed, will take place at a maximum weight of 150 pounds for the WBC's vacant junior middleweight title. If Pacquiao wins, he would extend his record of winning world titles to an eighth weight class. Pacquiao has won titles from flyweight to welterweight.

Arum said although he has deals in principle with Pacquiao and Margarito, there is no site yet, mainly because Margarito is not licensed in the United States following the hand-wrapping scandal that engulfed him before his fight with Shane Mosley in January 2009. Before the fight, illegal pads coated in a plaster-like substance were found in Margarito's hand wraps. His hands were re-wrapped and Mosley wound up knocking out Margarito, who later had his license revoked by the California State Athletic Commission. Javier Capetillo, Margarito's former trainer and the man who wrapped his hands, also had his license revoked.

With the revocation period up earlier this year, Margarito returned to win a fight in Mexico and recently applied for a license in Nevada, where Arum hopes to stage the fight. However, Nevada officials declined to rule on his application, directing him to first go back to California, which has yet to listen to his appeal.

"Frankly, my desire is to keep the fight in the United States," said Arum, who said there is interest from Abu Dhabi and Monterrey, Mexico, in hosting the fight. "Manny would like to fight in Mexico to save on the taxes. He saves 30 percent. But we have a number of states we are talking to that will listen to Margarito."

Arum said he and Margarito's attorney are hoping that Nevada will reconsider his application and give him a one-fight license to face Pacquiao in an HBO PPV fight that would be a boon economically to a struggling city.

"There's a lot of pressure on me to get it done in Las Vegas from everyone in town," Arum said. "The fight is important to the city. But I want it known that if it is not in Las Vegas, it's not because of Bob Arum. I live there and I feel the town needs this. It's not because of me if the fight is caused to go elsewhere."


Sugar Ray sees Pacquiao victory

Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard anticipates a hassle-free win by Manny Pacquiao over Antonio Margarito in their planned November 13 showdown.

“He’ll just overwhelm Margarito,” Leonard informed Fanhouse, noting that Pacquiao’s quickness and power will be too much for the Mexican to handle. “It’s not a mismatch, but Pacquiao dominates (this fight).”

Leonard is also a multi-division titleholder just like the seven-division champion Filipino, acquiring been world champion at welterweight, super-welter, middle, super-middle and light-heavy.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is in the process of finalizing all the details in connection with the fight that will be for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super-welterweight crown.

Not even Pacquiao’s demand that they clash at a catch weight of 150 lbs is an issue, according to Arum, who said Margarito will not oppose it. The super-welter division has a limit of 154 lbs.

The venue remains the only thing that is keeping Arum and Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz busy these days.

Arum continues to bat for Las Vegas as site, but oil-rich Abu Dhabi is very keen as well. The wealthy Mexican city of Monterrey and Dallas are also in the running to play host to Pacquao’s much-awaited ring return.

Still, Leonard said it is a showdown between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather that tickles his fancy.

“I want to see and the world wants to see Pacquiao-Mayweather, without question,” said the 54-year-old Leonard, who wound up his sterling career with a 36-3-1 card with 25 knockouts.

“Even me, as a fight fan now, would love to see the fight take place and hopefully it comes into fruition pretty soon,” added Leonard, best known for his memorable battles with Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.


U.S. location is a chance for Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito matchup in November

Some states might reinstate Margarito, whose license to fight was suspended last year by the California State Athletic Commission after a plaster-covered inserts were found inside his hand wraps before a bout with Shane Mosley.

The decision whether to reinstate Antonio Margarito to boxing in the U.S. becomes a much more interesting issue now that Manny Pacquiao has chose to fight him.

"There are lots of states who'd license Margarito," the fighters' promoter, Bob Arum, said Saturday, after identifying with Pacquiao's administration Friday that Margarito would be the alternate enemy Nov. 13 to a failed bid to stage the sport's super-fight, Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Nevada considered Margarito's request this month — Margarito, 32, has fired Capetillo and has maintained that he did not know the inserts were inside his wraps — but the state tabled its decision and requested that he return to California for an official reinstatement or denial. Margarito's request could be heard in California next month.

However, Arum said some national boxing commissioners expressed interest at an Assn. of Boxing Commissions meeting this month in licensing Margarito with or without California's blessing.

The front-running options behind Nevada to pursue the fight are Texas, which staged a lucrative Pacquiao fight against Joshua Clottey in front of more than 50,000 at Cowboys Stadium in March, and New Jersey, which, like Nevada, is certainly interested in bringing a big crowd and wealthy gamblers to its state.

"We're confident we'll get him licensed here," Arum said.

If that doesn't happen, Arum said he has negotiated with representatives in Abu Dhabi and Monterrey, Mexico, which has a 22,000-seat arena and would allow Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) to skirt a steep 30% federal tax in the U.S.

Rival promoter Dan Goossen has said Pacquiao's reputation would be diminished by taking a fight in Mexico against a banned Margarito "like thieves in the night."

"It's not running out of the country, it's a good economic deal," Arum said. "Manny's not a fugitive."

Economics clearly played a factor in Pacquiao's decision to fight Margarito instead of taking on a rematch against world junior-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, whom Pacquiao handily defeated by 12th-round technical knockout in November. Cotto rallied under new trainer Emanuel Steward to win the junior-middleweight belt, but Arum said that fight remains a viable option should Mayweather continue to decline to accept a Pacquiao bout next year.

"We can't hold our breath; there's something very weird going on with that guy," Arum said of Mayweather.

The selling points of a Margarito bout, to be televised by HBO pay-per-view, will begin with the drama of his reinstatement bid, a lively point of debate. The bout has historical significance as Pacquiao seeks a record seventh world weight division title at junior middleweight, 154 pounds, with the vacant World Boxing Council belt up for grabs. Pacquiao will be a clear favorite against the slower Margarito, who returned to the ring in May and won a unanimous decision over Roberto Garcia in Mexico.

Arum said Pacquiao will begin training Sept. 13 in the Philippines with his Los Angeles-based trainer, Freddie Roach, and the two will return to their Hollywood gym by October.


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pacquiao to fight Margarito in November

Manny Pacquiao will fight Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 for a vacant super welterweight championship, either in Las Vegas if Margarito can get licensed or in Monterrey, Mexico, if he can’t, promoter Bob Arum said.

Manny Pacquiao's fight vs. Antonio Margarito (above) will likely take place in either Las Vegas or Monterrey, Mexico.
Reed Saxon, AP

That ends any possibility of a match between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the top two boxers in the world, for 2010.

Arum said he decided to choose Margarito instead of Miguel Cotto, whom Pacquiao stopped in the 12th round in November, because it would be perceived as a more competitive bout. The bout will be offered on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“Cotto was beaten and even with [Hall of Fame trainer] Emanuel Steward now with him, I don’t think people believe that it’s enough to make a difference and I’m not sure they would buy it as competitive,” Arum said by telephone from his vacation home in Los Angeles. “But putting aside the controversy about the wraps, the one thing you know for sure with a Margarito fight is that it will be a hell of a fight for however long it lasts.

“Margarito knows only one way to fight and that’s coming forward. They’re going to get in there and fight. That’s what people want to see.”

Margarito’s hand-wrap controversy is no minor matter, however. He was caught with a hardened substance in his knuckle pad prior to a Jan. 24, 2009, fight in California against Shane Mosley.

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He was forced to re-wrap his hands and was knocked out in the ninth round by Mosley. In February 2009, he was suspended for a year by the California State Athletic Commission.

He fought once since the Mosley fight, winning a lackluster unanimous decision over Roberto Garcia.

He applied for a license in Nevada on July 9, but by a 4-1 vote, the Nevada Athletic Commission tabled the matter and told Margarito to return to California. Arum said Margarito will file paperwork with California on Monday.

If Nevada grants Margarito a license, Arum said the fight would be in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. If not, it is all but certain to wind up at a 22,000-seat arena in Monterrey, Mexico, though a group from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is also bidding for the fight.

Skip Avansino, a member of the Nevada commission, said he thinks California regulators should consider it first, even though Margarito doesn’t plan to fight there. The California commission knows the matter best, Avansino said.

Avansino wasn’t willing to speculate what would occur if California were to decline taking up his request, given he doesn’t have a fight planned in the state.

“He certainly deserves a decision,” Avansino said. “I don’t know what procedures California will consider in connection with his reapplication. I would think that they would consider his application appropriately, just as we would, but I would want to wait until I see what California decides.”

Avansino said he wouldn’t be swayed by the huge economic impact the fight would have upon the depressed Las Vegas economy.

Pacquiao is a huge draw in Las Vegas and is one of the few boxers who attracts high-rolling Asian gamblers, who play $25,000-a-hand blackjack as well as baccarat. Las Vegas casinos had their best night in two years Nov. 14, 2009, when Pacquiao fought Cotto, because of the large influx of high-rollers who flooded Las Vegas, according to analysis by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

“I’m mindful of the economic conditions in the state of Nevada and I understand them well,” Avansino said. “I have every interest to improve and help improve the economy in this state. But as a commission, my responsibility is to protect the health and safety of those who compete in our state and to uphold the integrity of the sport. That’s my primary responsibility.”

The match would be for the World Boxing Council super welterweight championship. If Pacquiao wins it, it would be either the seventh or eighth division in which he has held a title, depending upon how it is calculated.

He has won sanctioning body titles at 112, 122, 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds. At 126 pounds, he beat Marco Antonio Barrera, who was the linear champion. But Barrera had surrendered all of his sanctioning body titles by the time he fought Pacquiao, though he had not been beaten.


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