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Mexico’s electoral agency fines boxer over logo

Feb 23, 2012, 4:11 AM

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s election commission says its members have unanimously voted to fine a Mexican boxer for wearing a political party’s emblem during a match broadcast last year.

The Federal Electoral Institute says welterweight Juan Manuel Marquez will have to pay 29,000 pesos ($2,260 dollars) for having the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s logo emblazoned on his trunks during the fight in Las Vegas.

Marquez lost to Filipino Manny Pacquiao in the Nov. 12 bout, which was watched live by millions in Mexico.

The governing National Action Party complained that the logo violated a temporary ban on campaigning ahead of elections in Michoacan state.

Mexico’s highest electoral court earlier overturned the race for mayor of Morelia, the state capital.

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Mexico’s electoral agency fines boxer over logo