Sunday, August 29, 2010

Texas Demonstrates Independence, Makes way for Mega-Fight

IB - There are leaders then there are followers, the Texas Combative Sports department has taken a major step in showing the world of Boxing they are leaders an independent agency that will make decisions based on the laws, rules and regulation of the state of Texas.

Short of a Federal Boxing Commission being formulated, Texas will not allow outside organizations or media to influence nor dictate how they should follow their own laws, rules and regulations. Making a strong and independent statement, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has issued professional boxer Antonio Margarito a license to participate and compete in the sport of professional boxing.

Granting a license to Margarito has paved the way for the mega fight between the Mexican great and pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao.

Now boxing fans around the world will be able to see this highly anticipated contest between two of the best fighters in the world. The contest scheduled for November 13th of this year and to be held at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

Pacquiao continues to make concessions to his opponents that make him an underdog. Pacquiao took on boxing great Oscar DeLaHoya and gave up weight to the bigger fighter, coming up to a contracted weight of 147 lbs. After a long and lengthy ordeal with Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao agreed to the demands of Mayweather, mainly the drug testing but still the fight did not happen. Now, Pacquiao will climb up another weight class and fight Margarito at a catch weight of 150lbs.

You just have to give Pacquiao all the credit in the world for doing what he has to do in order to make the big fights. With all the notables in boxing that say they will do whatever it takes to revive the sport of boxing, Pacquiao walks the walk and leaves the talk to others.

Margarito throughout his boxing career has been known as the most feared boxer, evident as he had been ducked by boxing greats such as Oscar DeLaHoya and Floyd Mayweather. It was not until Shane Mosley stepped up to the plate and exposed imperfections in Margarito’s style of fighting. Mosley defeated Margarito in convincing fashion on January 4, 2009 by stopping the feared fighter in round number nine.

Since the defeat, Margarito has only fought once, on May 8, 2010 in Mexico, defeating Roberto Garcia by way of unanimous decision in ten rounds of boxing. The inactivity was due to Margarito being suspended from boxing for one year by the California Boxing Commission due to an illegal hand wrapping.

The suspension was enforced upon Margarito even though he never fought nor entered the ring with the illegal wrap. The representative from the opposing team (Shane Mosley) brought to the attention of the California Commissioner overseeing the hand wrapping, there was liquid on the wrap of Margarito. The commissioner then had the wraps removed and the hands of Margarito re-wrapped. The fight went on as scheduled with both corners satisfied and in compliance.

The wraps in question were confiscated by the California commission and it was determined the wet substance was some type of hardening liquid that would harden when dry, somewhat like that of plaster of Paris.

Margarito said he knew nothing of the substance and continues to claim innocence. Margarito accepted the suspension and did not engage in any boxing contests throughout the one year period. The California Boxing Commission continues to renege on the sentence served by Margarito as they continue to deny Margarito a license to box in the state of California.

An abnormal amount of pressure has been put on boxing commissions throughout the United States to not license Margarito by the Association of Boxing Commissions, Oscar DeLaHoya and unproven web journalist. The crusade by these people and organization continues for a lifetime ban of Margarito, even though it has never been proven Margarito ever entered the ring in any of his contests with illegal wraps. You simply cannot take away a person’s livelihood and career based on a “maybe” or “What if”.

One thing for sure, from here on out Margarito will be watched very closely by the governing bodies in each and every state that issues him a license to box, especially when it comes time to wrap the weapons.

Next week Top Rank and Bob Arum will launch the promotion of Pacquiao Vs Margarito with a coast-to-coast tour beginning with a Los Angeles Media Only event followed with public events on Wednesday, September 1st in New York and Friday, September 3rd in Dallas. The New York event will begin at 11:30AM at Chelsea Piers – Pier 60, 23rd St. & The Hudson River while the Texas event will begin at 11:30AM at Cowboys Stadium in the East End Zone Platform, 900 East Randol Mill Rd.

Ticket prices will range from $50 to $700.

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