Margarito applies for Texas boxing license

Antonio Margarito isn't fiddling around. After being denied a boxing license in the state of California yesterday, the 32-year-old fighter has applied in Texas, according to Barry Horn of The Dallas Morning News.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has received a faxed application from Margarito, department spokeswoman Susan Stanford said Thursday.

Once the application fee is processed, it could take several days to decide if a license will be granted, she said.

This seems like a formality all the way across the board, though I'm sure California will send over their documents, plus whatever they have from the decision from Superior Court in Los Angeles that came last year. It will almost surely be for naught, as it seems for all the world like the second hearing in California was just a routine stop as Top Rank prepared to go to Texas with what they'll call "a clean slate," since all states now have their own option to license Margarito if they so choose.

The article also mentions that the Association of Boxing Commissions issued a statement today that they supporting Margarito's attempt to secure a license in Texas. This isn't saying that they support Margarito being licensed, but by the rules as they're laid out, it's up to Texas or any other state now. In February, the ABC issued a statement saying they felt the suspension of the fighter should stay in place.

If Texas licenses Margarito as expected, he'll face Manny Pacquiao on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

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