Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Jerry Jones tried to get fight to Cowboys Stadium
By Calvin Watkins
There was something interesting about the news release announcing Floyd Mayweather's return to the boxing ring after a 16-month layoff.
Mayweather will face WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz on Sept. 17. ESPN's Dan Rafael spoke with Ortiz's manager, Rolando Arellano, who told him Las Vegas' MGM Grand most likely will get the fight.
But at the Super Bowl -- played at Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6 -- Mayweather was a guest of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who wanted the fighter to see the stadium and consider it as a site for his return fight.
The Cowboys' $1.2 billion home hosted two boxing matches last year with Manny Pacquiao headlining the main event each time.
Jones held prelimnary discussions about a potential fight with Golden Boy Promotions, which represents Mayweather. With the NFL lockout ongoing, it seems difficult for Jones to bring any event to his stadium as the schedule could change.
The Cowboys are scheduled to visit San Francisco on Sept. 17, which would be a natural date to hold the fight in Arlington. Mayweather, however, has always said Las Vegas is home to him and he feels comfortable there.
So despite Jones' effort to get Mayweather back in the ring inside Cowboys Stadium, it appears doubtful it'll happen here.