Cowboys Stadium site of Pacquiao-Margarito
The Nov. 13 super-welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito will land at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas, a source close to site negotiations told The Times on Monday.
Former world welterweight champion Margarito is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the California State Athletic Commission in hopes of regaining his boxing license. He was stripped of his license after authorities confiscated plaster inserts from inside his hand wrap before his January 2009 title defense against Shane Mosley at Staples Center.
If California relicenses Margarito, he would probably have no problem receiving a license in Texas.
If California denies Margarito’s request his promoter, Bob Arum, said several states have expressed interest in relicensing the fighter. Arum said Monday that he will meet with representatives of Margarito and Pacquiao after Wednesday’s hearing.
Pacquiao fought at Cowboys Stadium in March, drawing more than 50,000 fans to his welterweight win over Joshua Clottey.
— Lance Pugmire
Pavin: Woods ‘high’ on his list for team
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin said that Tiger Woods is “high on my list” of players he will consider for his four captain’s picks for the 12-man team.
Woods finished 12th in Ryder Cup points, with only the top eight spots guaranteed a place on the team. “He played better last week,” Pavin said. “He’s working on some things that seem to be improving his game.… His comments to the press and the media are very positive. He wants to play and he wants to be on the team. He’s high on my list.”
Pavin will announce the final team Sept. 7. The Ryder Cup will be played Oct. 1-3 in Newport, Wales.
Phelps says he’ll swim in 400 IM
Michael Phelps said that he will swim the 400-meter individual medley — for the first time since winning Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008 — at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine.
The international meet starts Wednesday and Phelps is swimming four individual events, the 200 butterfly, the 400 IM, the 100 butterfly and the 200 IM. Thursday will be the 400 IM, a showdown against American teammate and rival Ryan Lochte.
— Lisa Dillman
The attorney for Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who was arrested Sunday after a traffic stop and faces a charge of felony possession of marijuana, believes his client was wrongly arrested and is confident the charges can be dropped altogether.
Haslem’s attorney said the marijuana found in Haslem’s 2008 Mercedes sedan was inside the duffel bag of the passenger, Antwain Fleming, and that Fleming admitted to police that it was his.
Brock Lesnar will make his next title defense against unbeaten Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. UFC confirmed that the heavyweight title fight will take place Oct. 23 at the Honda Center.
Nicole Bobek, the 1995 U.S. women’s figure skating champion, was sentenced to five years’ probation for a role in a crystal methamphetamine ring in New Jersey.
Bobek, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in June and apologized for her actions at her sentencing hearing.
She was among more than two dozen people accused of creating a network that distributed $10,000 of the drug each week. The alleged leader, Edward Cruz Jr., was sentenced to 16 years in prison this month.