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Source: Pacquiao-Margarito fight headed to Cowboys Stadium

Margarito_300 The Nov. 13 super-welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito will land at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas, a source close to site negotiations told The Times on Monday.

Former world welterweight champion Margarito is scheduled to appear before the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday, hoping to regain his boxing license. The Tijuana resident was stripped of his license in February 2009 after state authorities confiscated plaster inserts from inside his hand wrap before a title defense the previous month against Shane Mosley at Staples Center.

Should the California commission opt to relicense Margarito, he would likely have no problem receiving a license in Texas.

Even if California denies Margarito's request his promoter, Bob Arum, said that several states have expressed interest in relicensing the fighter. Margarito's camp insists that the boxer never knew about the hardened inserts in his wrap, and they additionally contend that he has spent an ample time away from the sport.

Pacquiao_300 Arum said Monday that he will meet with representatives of Margarito and Pacquiao after Wednesday's hearing.

"We'll have something to announce about where this fight will be by the end of the week," Arum said.

Pacquiao's U.S. business manager, Michael Koncz, met with representatives of a fight location in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, but the source close to the site negotiations said the offer from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was deemed more impressive.

Pacquiao fought at Cowboys Stadium in March, drawing more than 50,000 fans to his welterweight victory over an obscure opponent, Joshua Clottey.

-- Lance Pugmire

Upper photo: Antonio Margarito after an 11th-round TKO over Miguel Cotto in July 2008. Credit: Will Hart / HBO

Lower photo: Manny Pacquiao after a second-round knockout of Ricky Hatton in May 2009. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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