Thursday, January 14, 2010

Arum could have future Pacquiao fights at the Dallas Cowboy stadium – News

By Jason Kim: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is ecstatic about his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao facing Joshua Clottey at the large Dallas Cowboy stadium on March 13th, in Arlington, Texas. Arum, 79, plans on having some of Pacquiao’s future fights at the Dallas cowboy stadium, according to Abs-cbn news. The advantage is that with the big stadium, Arum can get more paying fans and get more attention to Pacquiao, and help boxing in the process.

The Dallas cowboy stadium fits 100,000, but is being configured to fit less than that. As of now, the stadium could be reconfigured to fit between 50,000 to 65,000 fans. It will likely depend on how well ticket sales go.

If they can get 65,000 or more in the stadium for Pacquiao’s fight against Clottey, you can only imagine the kind of numbers that Arum could get if he is able to successfully negotiate a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., perhaps the number #1 or #2 star in the sport.

After Pacquiao’s planned fight with Mayweather fell apart, it was necessary to find a replacement opponent to fill the void. Clottey, 32, also a Top Rank fighter for Arum, was deemed the best possible available to fight. World Boxing Association light middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, yet another Top Rank fighter for Arum, was briefly considered for a fight with Pacquiao, but it was thought that Clottey would make for a more exciting fight because of his tendency to stand and brawl in his fights instead of moving.

Pacquiao wants to go after an 8th world title win, but that will have to wait awhile for him to get this fight over. The plan after the Clottey fight is to take the winner of the January 30th unification bout between WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and WBA champion Shane Mosley. These plans could change, naturally, if another more intriguing fight opens up like Mayweather, for instance.

Mayweather could fight on the same night on March 13th. There’s been no word about who he would be fighting, but unless it’s a big named star, his fight will likely take a back seat to the Pacquiao-Clottey bout in terms of pay per view revenue and fan interest. Paulie Malignaggi and Nate Campbell have been two of the names that have been mentioned as a possible opponent for Mayweather to fight next. Both are good fighters, but it will probably take a bigger star than them to take away fans from wanting to see the Pacquiao-Clotty fight.

Mayweather would do well to pick someone like Paul Williams or Sergio Martinez, two of the best light middleweights in the division, but the chances of that happening are slim and none.
After the fight, Pacquiao plans on singing with a reported 5000 to show up for the singing.


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