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North Texas Battles For Boxing Bouts



    What happens in Vegas may not stay in Vegas, at least when it comes to boxing.

    In it's first year and of half of existence, Cowboys Stadium has already landed two of boxing's most high profile events; Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey and now Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito.

    "It's no question, Cowboys Stadium is the event for boxing now," said Lester Bedford, of The Bedford Agency, who has promoted more than 400 fights, including 100 title fights and bouts for famed boxers like Oscar De La Hoya. "They've got the greatest boxer participating there: Manny Pacquiao. You can't get better than that today and the Cowboys have landed him twice."

    Some 51,000 fans showed up in Arlington, to watch the first ever boxing match held at Cowboys Stadium and promoters expect even more Saturday when Pacquiao takes on Margarito. Promoters think a record breaking 70,000 fans will pay to watch the main event.

    Though Vegas is still landing top notch boxing matches, promoters say Vegas arena's are having a hard time competing with what Cowboys Stadium has to offer.

    "You can get a lot more seats than you would in Vegas, which might seat 16,000. Well you've got 100,000 seats available to you in the venue."

    And with the world's largest HD digital board housed inside, there's not a bad seat in the house.

    Making the fight even more interesting, Margarito was banned from fighting in California and Nevada, after he was accused of illegally wrapping his fists in plaster for a fight. Texas is giving him a second chance.

    He said, through an interpreter,"I'm very grateful that Texas is giving me a license and I'm very happy and I'm very happy to please the crowd here in Texas."

    North Texas is giving Vegas a run for it's money when it comes to bringing in World Class boxing matches.

    "The bottom is more seats, more money. But also, the quality of the venue and the quality of the people you're working with in the Dallas Cowboys, it's a perfect marriage for a high-end boxing event." Bedford said.