The Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito showdown will not happen in Las Vegas.
As far as Top Rank big boss Bob Arum is concerned, the November 13th mega fight will have to go down somewhere else. Margarito, who has been suspended since early last year for attempting to use tampered hand wraps prior to his fight against Shane Mosley, has not yet been reinstated by the California State Athletic Commission and his application for a license in Nevada has been tabled by the authorities.
Top Rank handles both the careers of Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) and Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs).
Arum went on to request for a single-fight license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for Margarito but has recently withdrawn the said request. Margarito has already reapplied for license in California but with the race against time, Arum ruled that the fight will be held somewhere else.
A number of cities have already sent feelers to host the fight. Monterrey, Mexico and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates have expressed sincere and huge interest to stage the fight in their cities. However, it seems that the fight will be held at the multi-billion Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys franchise owner Jerry Jones has already talked to Arum of the possibility of holding the fight in his facility. Pacquiao has already fought in the said football stadium against Joshua Clottey in front of 51,000 fans. The Pacquiao-Clottey match was one of the biggest fight this year and is the first boxing event ever held in Dallas Cowboys facility.
But that depends whether the Texas sports authorities would grant Margarito a boxing license to fight in the state. If the Mexican boxer fails to get a license, Arum plans to hold the fight in Monterrey, Mexico.
Pacquiao has already expressed that he is willing to battle Margarito anywhere, even in his own backyard.