The New York State Athletic Commission will still have to decide if Antonio Margarito will be given a license to fight in New York State and the official announcement will be on Friday 11 a.m. EST. But Top Rank CEO Bob Arum had a hunch that the commission will deny Margarito's application for a license to fight in this state because of health issues.
Top Rank Promoter is very confident that the Cotto vs Margarito fight will push through but the December 3 HBO pay-per-view rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito will have to move. Its not been said where the venue of the Cotto vs Margarito 2 but there are speculations that it will be headed to Texas, either at Arlington's Cowboys Stadium or in San Antonio. Colorado and Mississippi have also expressed interest, but Margarito was indeed licensed by Texas yesterday, and overall, it's probably as ideal a location as you can get on two weeks' notice.
The entire card does not appear to be in jeopardy, and there's been no mention of any of the undercard fights -- Rios vs Murray, Jones vs Lujan, Wolak vs Rodriguez II -- being canceled due to the license situation or the likely relocation.
New York will make an official announcement at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, and we'll let you know exactly what goes down, and whether or not Top Rank is ready to make any announcement about where the card will be headed if, as appears inevitable, the fight relocates.