ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13: Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys watches the fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao had no trouble with the bigger, stronger Joshua Clottey on Saturday night, coming away with a unanimous decision to retain the WBO Welterweight Championship. With an attendance of nearly 51,000, the event was an overwhelming success; but the fight itself was a one-sided disappointment, a reminder that Pacquiao-Clottey was more or less Jerry Jones'--and the Pacquiao camp's--consolation match-up.
Jones has said he initially offered $25 million to land the ill-fated fight. As such, the subject came up more than a few times after Pacquiao left the ring in Arlington, once again, with his belt in tow.
Jones, who has wondered aloud about the potential of Cowboys Stadium as a boxing venue, was among the many on Saturday night who couldn't help but discuss the possibilities of the last true "mega-fight" in the foreseeable future of boxing.
"I really would hope, and I would appeal to Floyd, to do this for boxing," Jones said. "We want to make this something special, the crossover appeal, the whole show here now. We can do it now, because we got something to build on."
According to ESPNDallas.com, Jones has reached out to Mayweather through Mavericks owner and friend Mark Cuban. However, there isn't much reason for optimism at this point. After a dispute over steroid testing--which resulted in the dissolution of the initial negotiations and a libel lawsuit against Mayweather's camp--Mayweather accepted a fight in May with Shane Mosley. Now, any fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather will have to wait until the fall, at the earliest.
Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum summed up the turn of events in an altogether different tone:
"Floyd Mayweather is ducking Manny Pacquiao," said Arum.