Antonio Margarito vs Miguel Cotto in Trouble?! Boxing Commission might stop it from happening in NY!
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 17, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Photo: Antonio Margarito eye injury
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing - Boxing Fans anticipating the Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito fight set for December 3rd at MSG in New York (and on HBO-PPV), might be hit with some bad news.  There is a chance that Margarito will not be licensed to fight in New York over medical concerns.

In a report by ESPN, on Wednesday night, according to Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum, the fight may indeed need to be moved to another venue. Arum told the publication the fight may have to be moved if the NY Commission does not grant Margarito a license. Margarito first applied for a license last month and was denied.  Arum held a meeting on Wednesday in Manhattan to try and resolve the license dispute.

At the closed door meeting, in attendance was the commission eye specialist, as well as a doctor from its own medical advisory board. For his part, Arum  brought along two doctors who are supporting Margarito's application.

Now obviously there are plenty of reasons for Arum to be worried, but the veteran promoter is playing it cool. Arum tells ESPN: "Worst-case scenario is that they deny the license, and if they do, we have five other venues as backups." 

As for the initial fight date of December 3rd for the anticipated rematch: "We are still going Dec. 3. We're doing the fight. 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."

In regards to the eye injury, Margarito suffered damage to his right eye last year in his fight against Manny Pacquiao.  The injury was first thought to be career ending, but Margarito has since had successful cataract surgery to correct the issue.

On Friday, the New York Commission with hold a public hearing and vote in regards to Margarito's license.

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