Monday, January 11, 2010

Pacquiao vs. Clottey March 13 at Cowboys Stadium

Pacquiao vs ClotteyManny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey will duke it out in Cowboys Stadium on March 13, according to a press release from Top Rank Inc. and the Dallas Cowboys late Sunday.

The El Paso Times reported on Saturday that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Top Rank president Bob Arum were to meet over the weekend to finalize details for the welterweight title fight.

Arum was Jones' guest during the Cowboys victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC Wild Card game Saturday at Cowboys Stadium - which will be reconfigured for 40,000 on March 13.

Formal news conferences at Cowboys Stadium and in New York next week will provide details on tickets and the pay-per-view broadcast.

In a prepared statement, Jones said: "I have wanted to bring a major boxing event to North Texas for many years, so why not bring in the biggest and
the best? Manny Pacquiao is boxing's No. 1 pound for pound attraction and the world champion. Manny defending his title against Joshua Clottey is not just a great fight, it's a great event, and one we can showcase to the fullest in Cowboys Stadium. We're going to promote this like it was the Super Bowl."

Arum said: "Jerry Jones knows exactly how big and important this event is, which is why it was so easy to put this deal together. As a lifelong Giants fan I had to receive special dispensation from Steve Tisch, the Giants' Chairman and Executive Vice President, to bring this event to Cowboys Stadium and he blessed the deal. If Jerry could sell me on Cowboys Stadium and the North Texas market, you know he is going to have no problems selling out Cowboys Stadium on March 13. We are ready to roll up our sleeves and promote Manny's debut as World Welterweight Champion. Manny Pacquiao is the lone star of boxing. There isn't a more appropriate place in the world for him to fight!"

Pacquiao was to have fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. on March 13 in Las Vegas until negotiations fell apart last week.

It has been reported that Mayweather will fight Matthew Hatton - younger brother of Ricky Hatton - sometime in March.


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