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Pacquiao eyes Margarito fight

2010-07-24 07:49
Manny Pacquiao (File)

New York - The Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather mega fight talks took another twist on Friday with Pacquiao's camp saying negotiations had stalled again and so 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 will 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 license to box in Las Vegas. Arum mentioned Monterrey, Mexico as a possible location but says he isn't ruling out Las Vegas either.

"Making a deal won't be a problem," said Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Margarito. "We'll get it done."

Arum says he has asked Nevada officials for a conditional license 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 of last year, one he eventually lost to Shane Mosley.

Arum said he is growing tired of Mayweather's act.

"This kid (Mayweather) is so nuts," Arum told SI.com. "His idea of being part of his 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, the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, rekindled hopes of a megafight showdown with unbeaten US star Mayweather in May by agreeing to blood test terms that scuttled a showdown.

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