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SBD/Issue 59/Events & Attractions
Pacquiao Agrees To Mayweather Bout With 50-50 Split Of Revenue
Published December 7, 2009
|March Date Allows Pacquiao To
Run For Office In The Philippines
FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT: SI.com's Chris Mannix noted major U.S. cities are "clamoring for the opportunity to host Pacquiao-Mayweather, arguably the biggest fight in more than a decade and one that represents [tens] of millions in revenue for the winning city." Las Vegas has proposed erecting a 30,000-seat outdoor stadium on The Strip to "accommodate the expected demand for tickets," while Staples Center officials also "have expressed interest." New York state officials have "lobbied to hold the fight in the new Yankee Stadium," and Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones has spoken with Top Rank Chair Bob Arum about hosting the fight in Cowboys Stadium. In addition, political pundit James Carville has been "burning up the phone lines promoting" New Orleans (SI.com, 12/5). Arum said that he will visit Cowboys Stadium on Thursday with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg (L.A. TIMES, 12/5). But Schaefer indicated that Las Vegas "deserves first crack at landing the bout." He said, "Las Vegas is the boxing capital of the world. A fight of this magnitude deserves to be in Las Vegas" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 12/5).