Can't fight in Las Vegas or California? No problem.
Antonio Margarito, who was denied a boxing license by the California State Commission last Wednesday in a 5-1 vote, applied for a license in Texas the very next day.
ESPN.com's Dan Rafael confirmed Margarito's application by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
"We have received a faxed application on behalf of Margarito," public information officer Susan Stanford told ESPN.com. "But a faxed application is an incomplete application."
Stanford said she expects to receive a hard copy along with a $20 licensing fee in the mail shortly.
Contrary to popular belief, Texas is permitted to grant Margarito license.
Margarito had his license revoked in February of 2009 after it was determined that his former trainer Javier Capitello used an illegal substance to wrap Margarito's hands before his fight against Shane Mosley.
Margarito waited the full year to reapply for his license. In doing so, he adhered to the guidelines set forth by the the Association of Boxing commissions, which oversees state commissions. Margarito is now free to apply anywhere in the United States for a license.
States are free to license him at their own discretion. There is little doubt that Texas will grant Margarito a license, especially considering the type of financial rewards a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Margarito could bring in.
Barring some unforseen circumstance, the Pacquiao-Margarito fight, tentatively set for November 13 at Cowboy Stadium, could announced within the next 10 days.
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