Charles Smith, NBCDFW.com
Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey, March 13, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
According to a source close to the site negotiations, an announcement confirming the return of Manny Pacquiao to Cowboys Stadium could come as early as this week, per a report in the Los Angeles Times. Pacquiao has been in talks with former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, but there has been no official word, as of yet, as to when or where that fight will take place.
According to the source, though, Cowboys Stadium may have already won out. Promoters reportedly also looked at an Abu Dhabi venue, but the offer from Jerry Jones was “deemed more impressive.” It would be Pacquiao’s second fight at JerryWorld--he defeated Joshua Clottey by unanimous decision there in March, a fight that drew more than 50,000 fans.
To make the bout a reality, Margarito must first regain his boxing license. He was stripped of it in 2009, when authorities found plaster inserts in his hand wraps before a title defense against Shane Mosley. Margarito will meet with the California State Athletic Commission on Wednesday and, if he is relicensed, he shouldn’t have any trouble being licensed in Texas.
Promoter Bob Arum says that a decision will be made after the meeting between Margarito and the commission.
"We'll have something to announce about where this fight will be by the end of the week," Arum said.
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