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Antonio Margarito denied license in California

The chances of an Antonio Margarito - Manny Pacquiao fight in November took a major hit Wednesday after the California State Athletic Commission denied Margarito's request to reinstate his license.

After a six-hour hearing at the Ronald Reagan State Office Building in Los Angeles, the commission voted, 5-1, against Margarito receiving his license. The denial means Margarito has to wait another year to apply for a license.

The ruling puts the Margarito-Pacquiao fight, set for Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium, in serious jeopardy.

Margarito lost his license after illegal inserts were found in his hand wraps by Shane Mosley's trainer Naazim Richardson prior to their fight in January, 2009. Margarito attempted to get a license in Nevada recently, but that commission tabled his request, recommending he go back to California to re-apply.

It's unlikely Nevada will grant Margarito a license after California's latest ruling, but other states may not uphold the decision. 

In 2002, Mike Tyson was denied a license by Nevada, but Tennessee granted him a license, allowing his fight with Lennox Lewis to take place.

The lack of a boxing license hasn't stopped Margarito from fighting, however. He won a unanimous decision  over Roberto Garcia at the Plaza Monumental in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Mexico is not required to uphold rulings by American boxing commissions.

Margarito's promoter, Top Rank, released a statement: "Top Rank has complied with the wishes of the [Association of Boxing Commissions] and other states. Top Rank will soon make an announcement about Antonio Margarito."



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