Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito Approved for WBC 154-pound belt
The scheduled Nov. 13 bout between WBO welterweight (147 pounds) champion Manny Pacquiao and ex-titlist Antonio Margarito has been sanctioned by the World Boxing Council for its junior middleweight (154 pounds) crown, paving the way for Pacquiao to pursue his unprecedented eighth crown in as many weight classes.
The bout, promoted by Top Rank Promotions, received a unanimous vote by the WBC's Board of Governors.
The title was vacated by WBO king Sergio Martinez, who lifted both belts from Kelly Pavlik by unanimous decision in April.
The 31-year-old Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) takes a 12-bout winning streak against the 32-year-old Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs).
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