By Karl Freitag
No hearings necessary. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has granted former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito a boxing license ensuring that Margarito vs Manny Pacquiao is a go for November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Margarito was rejected by the California Commission after a six-hour hearing last week and the Nevada Commission wouldn’t make a decision at their hearing. But, in Texas Margarito submitted his application and $20 fee and was approved several days later. The Lone Star State has a history of being lenient toward fighters, for example licensing Evander Holyfield and Edwin Valero when other commissions wouldn’t.
Executive Director William Kuntz’s Statement on Antonio Margarito’s Application:
“On Monday, August 23, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation received a complete application for a Texas Professional Combative Sports Contestant license from Antonio Margarito. After a thorough review of his application it was determined Mr. Margarito met the requirements of the Texas Combative Sports Act and Rules.
The review of Margarito’s application included:
• Review of Margarito’s Texas Application form,
• The California Order revoking Antonio Margarito’s boxing license,
• Review of the transcript of Margarito’s license revocation hearing before the California State Athletic Commission
• Review of Margarito’s August 18th license application hearing before the California State Athletic Commission
• Association of Boxing Commission’s letter to members that they may now consider licensing Mr. Margarito
Based on the review of the above information I have authorized the issuance of a license to Mr. Margarito.”