The two combatants set to square off at JerryWorld on March 13, the venue's first boxing event, made their debut at Cowboys Stadium yesterday for a press conference, with trainers, promoters and a slew of fans in attendance. Also in attendance was Cowboys owner/ general manager Jerry Jones, who refused to talk football, a rarity, to say the least.
Boxing was the order of the day, though the locale certainly had an effect on the goings on, yesterday. Bob Arum, the president of Top Rank Promotions, and fighters Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey were presented with Dallas Cowboys jerseys, and the logo for the fight includes the iconic Blue-Star. And, of course, the Cowboys cheerleaders were there in numbers.
Pacquiao said he was excited for his first trip to Dallas.
"I'd like to thank Jerry Jones for giving me a chance to fight here in Dallas," Pacquiao said Tuesday. "This is my first time to come here, so I'm very glad and happy. And also of course, Bob Arum, Top Rank Promotions and to all of you, thank you for all your support and your prayer.
"I like the introduction, I mean, amazing... I feel like I'm a football player."
Of course, Pac-Man, the odds-on favorite in the fight, also made time for some self-promotion.
"Please come on March 13, it's going to be a good fight between me and Clottey," Pacquiao said. "Clottey, he's a good fighter, a tough fighter, and he's bigger than me. I have to prepare hard for this fight and train for this fight and focus. And of course, we'll do our best to give a good fight, to make people happy on March 13, so thank you, and HBO, and all the sponsors, thank you very much."