Jerry Jones wanted to bring a big-time prizefight to North Texas and, not surprisingly, that's exactly what he did. Of course, it's not nearly as "big-time" as the original fight he had in mind--Pacquiao-Mayweather, which crumbled in an all too characteristic manner for major boxing--nor will it draw the mega-dollars and mega-attention Jones had in mind.
But it is a major fight, and it does involve Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao, of course, is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world with few true challengers for this title at this point. One of them was Floyd Mayweather Jr., but due to politics and a disagreement over drug testing, that dream fight will likely stay that way. And boxing traditionalists wonder why their sport is being so thoroughly beaten by mixed martial arts.
Jones offered $25 million for that match-up, and was turned down. For a probably more marginal price, he landed his consolation prize, and is reportedly excited over the prospect of a major boxing match.
"I'm proud to be sitting here with Bob [Arum, CEO of Top Rank Promotions] and Todd [duBoef, president of Top Rank], and we're having a really good visit," said Jones. "We are really just now getting into our business here, but we're excited about doing this fight. Personally, I am very, very, very excited to be holding our very first boxing event."