By Steve Kim

Earlier this week, Antonio Margarito flew to Salt Lake City, Utah to be examined by noted ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Crandall. Before he could fully begin the process of his return to the ring, Top Rank, had made it clear that they wanted assurances that his surgically repaired right eye was healthy enough for the rigors of professional boxing.

According to Margarito's co-manager, Sergio Diaz - "It is a green light, everything went well. They did a thorough check-up. In fact, there were two doctors in there with Antonio and both of them gave him the green light. They said he is facing no more risk than any other fighter, the eye is that good."

Margarito suffered severe injuries to his right eye (including a fractured orbital bone) during his 2010 loss to Manny Pacquiao. His rematch with Miguel Cotto in 2011 was nearly postponed as the New York State Athletic Commission raised concerned about the condition of that eye. Eventually that fight went off with Margarito not being allowed to continue after the ninth round because of swelling around the same eye.

So what's next for the 37 year old from Tijuana?

"The plan is to meet with Top Rank again and set up a plan," explained Diaz. "As  far as a date, Bob (Arum) did ask Antonio when he'd be ready and he said late November, early December. So hopefully we can get something going then."

Steve Kim is the news editor for