The rematch between junior middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, scheduled to be televised on HBO Pay Per View from New York’s Madison Square Garden on Dec. 3, could be forced to relocate to another venue if the New York State Athletic Commission does not licence Margarito, Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum told ESPN.com.
The NYSAC originally denied Margarito a license on on Oct. 31 due to complications from a serious injury that occurred during a November unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, against whom Margarito suffered a fractured right orbital bone that required surgery to repair.
Arum attended a meeting on Wednesday in New York during which the commission heard testimony from a commission eye specialist, a doctor from its medical advisory board and two doctors who support Margarito’s application, including his eye surgeon, according to ESPN.com.
“Worst-case scenario is that they deny the license, and if they do, we have five other venues as backups. But we are still going on Dec. 3. We’re doing the fight,” Arum told ESPN.com.
“We have a license [for Margarito] from a few states. You play the hand that you’re dealt. I’m not going to get myself worried about it. Hopefully, the commission does the right thing and grants the license.”
Arum did not name the other potential venues.
Margarito also has had cataract surgery during which an artificial lens was placed in his eye by Dr. Alan Crandall in Salt Lake City this past spring, according to ESPN.com.
The New York commission is considering whether to license Margarito despite the eye issues. Normally, the sort of injury and surgery that Margarito had disqualifies a fighter from being licensed in New York.
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