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Pacquiao-Clottey Gives Cowboys Stadium A Big Debut Bout
Published January 20, 2010
|Jones (c) Happy That Pacquiao Will Be
Fighting In First Bout At Cowboys Stadium
THE NEXT BIG THING? Jones yesterday said he envisions as many as "four or five significant fights a year" in the new stadium. Jones: "Las Vegas has its aura, and we can do things here to capture our own aura." The ring will be placed at midfield, and Arum and Jones noted that they are "hoping to fill 40,000 seats." Jones: "It was always in our mind that right here on the star we would put the ring" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/20). In Ft. Worth, Tobias Xavier Lopez notes there were "comparisons to the Roman Coliseums" throughout yesterday's press conference at Cowboys Stadium, and Arum suggested that the Dallas facility "could replace Madison Square Garden or Caesar's Palace as the 'new Mecca of boxing'" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/20). Jones said, "With the stature of Pacquiao, we're going to be able to put on a unique fight." While the plan is to fill 40,000 seats, Arum indicated that a "60,000-seat plan can be arranged if necessary." Arum also announced that HBO PPV will televise the fight (L.A. TIMES, 1/20). Jones yesterday vowed, "We're going to make this one of the most interesting fights to view that there's ever been." He noted that he has already "gotten ticket requests" from Dolphins Exec VP/Football Operations Bill Parcells and Fox' Jimmy Johnson. Jones yesterday also revealed that he "once looked into investing in Pacquiao's career." He said Parcells "really encouraged me to meet with the guy who had Pacquiao." Jones: "I had him come in and sit down and talk about backing Pacquiao. You could see his potential at that time" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 1/19).
DODGING A RIGHT HOOK: YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Iole noted HBO Sports officials "weren't too excited about having to choose between" airing a Mayweather or Pacquiao bout on March 13. HBO was "freed from having to make a decision when Andre Berto withdrew from his Jan. 30 fight with Shane Mosley and a Mayweather-Mosley fight became a possibility." It would have been "almost impossible to negotiate a deal and properly promote" a Mayweather-Mosley bout by March 13. Had Berto not pulled out of his bout, Golden Boy Promotions was "planning a Mayweather fight against a different opponent on March 13," and that would have put HBO in the "unenviable, and losing, position of having to choose" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/19).