Saturday, December 12, 2009
Sources: Cowboys still interested in fight
By Calvin Watkins
Cowboys officials are still interested in bringing the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight to Cowboys Stadium multiple sources close to the Cowboys and boxing officials said Saturday night.
"Still alive," Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said regarding the Cowboys. "I thought they were dead every time they lost to my Giants. But I'm working really hard to bring the fight down to Dallas."
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is interested in having the fight in Arlington. He has a good relationship with Mayweather and has reached out to him.
"I'm willing to help in anyway that I can," Cuban said in an e-mail response to ESPNDallas' Tim MacMahon. "I think it would be great for North Texas and Cowboys Stadium to host the fight. I have a call in to Floyd and have offered my assistance. We will see what happens."
Cowboys officials were surprised that Richard Schaefer, Mayweather's promoter, pulled out of a scheduled site visit on Wednesday.
Arum told ESPN he was also stunned by Schaefer's move.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday night that Jerry Jones offered $25 million as a site fee for the bout. Cowboys spokesperson Brett Daniels said the team wouldn't have any comments. Schaefer couldn't be reached.
A key to landing the fight is the site fee. Las Vegas could offer more than what the Cowboys are offering right now, so expect the price to go up. Until we see what Vegas offers, hold off on trying to buy tickets for the bout in Arlington just yet.