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SBD/Issue 64/Facilities & Venues
Jerry Jones Offers $25M For Mayweather-Pacquiao In Texas
Published December 14, 2009
|Jones' Offer To Host Mayweather-Pacquiao
Bout Exceeds Staples Center Offer By $5M
AND THE WINNER IS ... Arum said that he "expects to settle on a site" for the bout by next week. While noting that Las Vegas is "the front-runner, Arum claims it still might be Dallas -- and it definitely won't be L.A." Arum: "I'm saying that Dallas is a real live possibility." When asked about truth of the rumored $25M offer, Jones said, "I'm not commenting on it, but it sure could be" (AP, 12/13). ESPN.com's Dan Rafael noted "unless some other place pops up, this is a two-town race: Vegas or Dallas, neither of which levy state income taxes" (ESPN.com, 12/12). In San Antonio, John Whisler wrote Mayweather-Pacquiao is a "fight fans' fight," so it "belongs to the masses, not the privileged few." Put it at the MGM Grand in Vegas, a venue that "barely seats 16,000, and the only people who will be able to afford tickets -- and can get them -- are the casino high-rollers, corporate muckety-mucks and Hollywood celebrity snobs." But put it in Cowboys Stadium, "which can hold up to 100,000 spectators, and suddenly John Q. Public has a chance to see the fight in person." Whisler: "Boxing hasn't been mainstream in ages, yet here is a chance to take it there, at least for a few weeks" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 12/13).