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Cotto vs Margarito: Top Rank Says Fight Not Out of NYC Yet, But Outlook Not So Good

Melvina Lathan and the New York State Athletic Commission have not announced an official decision in Antonio Margarito's licensing case. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Melvina Lathan and the New York State Athletic Commission have not announced an official decision in Antonio Margarito's licensing case. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Michael Woods of NYFightBlog at ESPN.com has this from Top Rank VP Carl Moretti, who is hoping to remind everyone that an official statement from the NYSAC has not been made yet regarding the Cotto vs Margarito situation, and specifically, Margarito being denied a license to box in the state:

"The plug has not been pulled on the card," Moretti said. "A hearing with the New York Commission will take place tomorrow at 11 a.m," and the commission will render an up or down decision on whether Margarito will be granted a license to fight.

Moretti continued: "I am not at liberty to comment on other potential sites." He said that if Margarito is not granted a license to box in New York, "we will act appropriately and accordingly."

There's nothing really new here, but someone from Top Rank did have to make this statement at this point. It doesn't change the strong rumor winds saying Margarito will not be licensed in New York, and this fight will have to get on the move.

Bob Arum earlier named Denver, Texas, and Mississippi as potential venues, according to Chris Mannix.

So to be clear: No, there is nothing 100% official yet. But the overall feeling is that Antonio Margarito is not going to be licensed by New York, and the fight will be going on the move. A lot of people are still hoping that's not the case, obviously including the folks at Top Rank.

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