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Texas grants Antonio Margarito a license to fight Manny Pacquiao


The state of Texas on Thursday issued a boxing license to Tijuana’s Antonio Margarito, 17 months after California stripped the Mexican boxer of his license for nearly taking gloves loaded with plaster inserts into a January 2009 fight at Staples Center.

The decision by Texas Department of Licensing executive William Kuntz paves the way for Margarito, the former world welterweight champion, to fight Manny Pacquiao for a world super-welterweight belt on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas.

"I want to thank the state of Texas for granting me a boxing license which enables me to continue my passion for the sport of boxing in the United States," Margarito said in a statement released after the decision. "I have dedicated my life to giving the fans of the sport entertainment and excitement. On November 13, this great opportunity will ultimately be fulfilled when I battle Manny Pacquiao."

Here's an attachment with the official statement from Kuntz.

--Lance Pugmire

Photo: Antonio Margarito celebrates his 11th-round TKO of Miguel Cotto in July of 2008. Credit: Will Hart / HBO

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