ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 19: (L-R) Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, Joshua Clottey and Jerry Jones at Cowboys Stadium on January 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
With most of the Dallas Cowboys at home for the off-season, Jerry Jones is south of the border, doing what he does best (perhaps aside from designing stadiums): promotional work. Jones has taken off his football hat and put on his Don King wig for a tour of Mexico to promote Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey, coming to Cowboys Stadium on March 13.
In doing so, Jones has become quite taken with Pacquiao, almost unanimously regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in recent memory.
"Manny Pacquiao is an enigma," Jones told the Manila Bulletin. “Manny is well-respected, well-liked and beloved by Mexico, whose men he had beaten up."
Jones, along with Pacquiao and Top rank promotions President Bob Arum, is hoping to bolster interest in the fight, which shouldn't be very difficult. The Filipino, Pacquiao, as Jones suggested, has a prodigious following in Mexico, and the presence of such Mexican fighters as Jose Luis Castillo (a former world champion) on the undercard should ensure a high degree of interest in the event from the south.
“The reception (here in Mexico) is unbelievable," Jones said.