Arlington Goes for Knockout for Boxing Capital Title

Cowboys Stadium beats Las Vegas for second big bout

By Scott Gordon
|  Sunday, Nov 14, 2010  |  Updated 12:50 AM CDT
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Jerry Jones' football team may be in the gutter, but his stadium in Arlington is going for a knockout against Las Vegas to earn the title of "boxing capital."

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Jerry Jones' football team may be in the gutter, but his stadium in Arlington is going for a knockout against Las Vegas to earn the title of "boxing capital."

On Saturday night, 60,000 boxing fans are expected to watch Manny Pacquiao take on Antonio Margarito for the WBC World Super Welterweight title.

"What a privilege it is to be hanging around all these winners," Jones said after both fighters weighed in Friday evening.

Well-known boxing announcer Michael Buffer declared Cowboys Stadium the winner.

"It is the eighth wonder of the world," Buffer said. "No matter where you are, you don't miss any of the action because of this high-tech videotronics. It's mind-boggling."

Asked if Las Vegas should be worried about landing future fights, Buffer said, "For the superfights, yeah, sure."

To be fair, Arlington didn't have to fight hard to win this round.

Margarito lost his license to box in Nevada after he was caught last year with a hard substance in his gloves.

But still, many fans and fighters seem in awe of Cowboys Stadium as a boxing venue.

"I didn't know how big it was until I got here," said world light welterweight champion Amir Khan, of Britain. "It's so big. And it's the name too -- Cowboys Stadium. I think this could be one of the big arenas in the world where big fights are going to happen. People always talk about Vegas. But maybe it could change and it could be Dallas now."

Saturday night's event is the second big bout at Cowboys Stadium. In March, Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey of Ghana in a unanimous decision before a crowd of more than 51,000.


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