ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey pose for photos with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at Cowboys Stadium on January 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
With less than a month remaining until Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey do battle at Cowboys Stadium--the first boxing match at the less than year-old venue--Jerry Jones is becoming audibly giddy over the prospects of the sweet science as it pertains to his leviathan creation in Arlington.
Jones, who went on a promotional tour with Pacquiao and Bob Arum through Mexico, says that the venue's proximity to Mexico--which remains a bastion of interest in the sport, despite its marked decline, stateside--may turn JerryWorld into a sort of southern boxing mecca.
"I spent two days in Mexico. They are such huge boxing fans, the biggest boxing fans in the world today are Mexican sports fans," Jones said on ESPN Radio (per the DMN). "That aligns beautifully with our fans, with what we want to do with the Dallas Cowboys. I was still heart-broke over not getting to play in the (NFC) championship game, but there I was, talking it up because I know what boxing might could mean to our stadium."
The owner already has visions of the stadium as a boxing venue dancing in his head.
"We'll drop [the JerryTron] down probably another 25, 30 feet for the fight," Jones continued. "I could envision some classic fights annually... I really think that we could be really be a special place to fight... Maybe we could be like Madison Square Garden when it comes to boxing."
The only trouble with this is the aforementioned decline in boxing. In order to host a classic fight, one would need classic fighters; exactly two of those are active today--Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.--and, judging by the stark ugliness of the last round of negotiations, that's one super-fight that will never happen.
Then again, there's always MMA...