Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Pacquiao would return for Nov. 13 bout
By Calvin Watkins
If Manny Pacquiao can't secure a highly anticipated fight with undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. for Las Vegas, Plan B would bring the newly sworn in congressman from the Phillipines back to Arlington, Texas.
Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, said if the fight with Mayweather doesn't happen -- progress on the contract talks between the camps hasn't been publicized -- Cowboys Stadium would host a Nov. 13 bout between Pacquiao and an undetermined opponent.
The Dallas Cowboys play at the New York Giants that weekend, leaving that date open for the bout.
Brett Daniels, a corporate spokesperson for Cowboys Stadium, said preliminary talks have occurred but nothing has been finalized.
"We'll, we're going to fight November 13th against somebody, and me and Manny both hope that it's Mayweather," Roach said in a Tuesday interview with 590 AM in Toronto. "We're trying to make every benefit we can to make that happen. I talked to [promoter] Bob Arum [Monday] and he told me that he will know within a week if the deal is going to be done or not."
Roach said Pacquiao would fight either Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto in Arlington.
"Again, we obviously want Mayweather," Roach said. "He has a big mouth and we're going to shut him up."
This spring, Arum tried to work a deal for Mayweather-Pacquiao, but talks broke down over Olympic-style drug testing. Each fighter went his separate way, with Pacquiao beating Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium in March and Mayweather getting an easy decision over Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in May.
Mayweather prefers to fight in Vegas because that's his adopted home. Plus, Arum said more money can be generated there for a fight of this magnitude.
"The thing is, you can't charge the money in Dallas [at the gate] that you can in Vegas," Roach said. "You've got a guaranteed sellout there where as in Dallas there is no guaranteed sellout. I think money-wise, Vegas will bring in just as much as Dallas."
On Monday, Pacquiao was sworn to the Philippines' House of Representatives in the southern province of Sarangani. Roach has said that his fighter's political work wouldn't distract him from training for his next fight.
Calvin Watkins covers boxing for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.