Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cowboys boss wants more Pacman bouts

DALLAS, Texas – Jerry Jones wants to monopolize the staging of big-time boxing and the Texas billionaire is training his sights on hosting future Manny Pacquiao fights at Cowboys Stadium.

“I am confident that when we see how the structure of the venue, what we do, what the presentation of the fight, how it really creates additional aura and additional excitement to the fight, it’s going to be hard to find some place else,” said Jones as Pacquiao was working out in front of the public Tuesday at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.
Coupled with Pacquiao’s enormous popularity, the Cowboys Stadium, what with its ultra-modern features, can compete alongside the more recognizable venues across America, including the heavyweight in Las Vegas, according to Jones.

“It’s like a Super Bowl. Pacquiao transcends boxing in terms of the credibility that it gives our Cowboys Stadium,” said Jones, who had initially dangled a $25 million site fee to host Pacquiao’s aborted face-off with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“The main reason I wanted the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was Manny, and he was the draw so certainly when that didn’t work, it had my interest piqued and I knew I wanted to get him here at all cost,” said Jones, who secured the rights to the Pacquiao-Clottey bout for a reported $7 million.

If everything falls into place this weekend, Jones is expected to be at the forefront of promoting another Pacquiao headliner, possibly against Mayweather.

Top Rank, which is joining hands with Jones, has a time-table that is already been set for Paqcquiao.

“October or November,” said Top Rank publicist Ricardo Jimenez when asked when his company intends to have the next Pacquiao fight.

“But it would all depend on the (result of the) elections,” added Jimenez, aware that Pacquiao is running for congress in the Philippines in May.


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