Pacquiao eyes Margarito fight

2010-07-24 08:10

The Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather megafight talks took another

twist yesterday, with Pacquiao’s camp saying negotiations had stalled again and

they were looking to Mexico’s Antonio Margarito.

Pacquiao was going to fight Mayweather in 2010, but the latest deal

to fight in November appears to have fallen through.

Promoter Bob Arum told SI.com on Friday that Filipino superstar

Pacquiao would face Margarito for the vacant WBC junior middleweight

championship on November 13.

The fight would probably have to take place in Mexico because

Margarito doesn’t have a licence to fight in Las Vegas.

Arum mentioned Monterrey, Mexico, as a possible location, but said

he was not ruling out Las Vegas.

“Making a deal won’t be a problem,” said Arum, who promotes both

Pacquiao and Margarito. “We’ll get it done.”

Arum said he had asked Nevada officials for a conditional licence

to allow the suspended Margarito to fight in Las Vegas.

Former welterweight champion Margarito was suspended by California

officials after a plaster-like substance was discovered in his handwraps before

a bout in January last year – one he eventually lost to Shane Mosley.

Arum said he was growing tired of Mayweather’s act.

“This kid (Mayweather) is so nuts,” Arum told SI.com.

“His idea of

a team is having guys who when he says ‘jump’, they say ‘how high?’ Why didn’t

they just say we decided not to fight until next year?”

Pacquiao is the reigning World Boxing Organisation welterweight

champion.



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