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Notebook: Margarito to make title defense Oct. 7

Originally Published: June 30, 2006
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

AROUND THE RING Margarito needs partner

Margarito's next fight will happen with or without Floyd Mayweather Jr. as his opponent. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Whether Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights Antonio Margarito or not, Margarito will defend his title Oct. 7 in a pay-per-view fight at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com.

"I am ready to go with a Margarito fight and to back it up with a great undercard," Arum said.

Without Mayweather ...

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