The New York State Athletic Commission ordering another eye examination for Antonio Margarito could have far-reaching implications if Top Rank boss Bob Arum holds a grudge.
Margarito, who is set to take on Miguel Cotto at MSG on December 3, had surgery on his right eye to repair a fractured orbital bone after his loss to Manny Pacquiao last year. The doctor who performed the surgery signed off on Margarito fighting again. Apparently, the NYSAC wasn’t convinced.
To be fair, the commission didn’t deny Margarito a license. But, ordering him to get another examination when it appeared as if everything was all set makes NYSAC look bad.
Arum told Boxing Scene on Thursday that he felt “sandbagged” by the NYSAC and referred to it as a “Kangaroo commission.” Those are damning words coming from the most powerful promoter in the sport.
Considering that NYSAC chair Melvina Lathan attended the New York City press conference for the fight, it's understandable why Arum would feel that way. There was no indication that Margarito wouldn’t have been granted a license, despite New York’s stance on boxers in regards to medical issues.
Will Arum hold this against the NYSAC in the future? He’s already stated that Pacquiao would likely never fight in New York because of the enormous tax implications. This could easily be another strike against New York for future Top Rank prize fights.
It’s unlikely that Top Rank would completely stop promoting big fights in New York, but it certainly won’t be any easier for MSG or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to bring bouts to the city.