A small portion of intrigue was just omitted from the Manny Pacquiao/Joshua Clottey undercard, as Top Rank announced yesterday disgraced welterweight Antonio Margarito (above, right) would not fight Carson Jones in a previously scheduled 10 round bout on the March 13 event at Cowboys Stadium. From the LA Times’ Bill Dwyre :
Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after his upset loss to Shane Mosley at Staples Center in January 2009. Mosley’s trainer discovered prior to that fight that Margarito had a plaster-like substance in the hand wraps under his gloves.
Margarito was allowed to re-apply for a license for the first time Thursday. But the CSAC is balking at that, calling his violation severe. Some officials in the sport believe that other states may give him a new license.