Oh to be a fly on the wall when boxing promoter Bob Arum sat down with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to negotiate the Cowboys Stadium deal to host Manny Pacquiao against Joshua Clottey for the WBO welterweight title on March 13.

In October, Arum predicted Floyd Mayweather never would go through with a bout against Pacquiao that promised to be the richest in the history of boxing. He was right. Mayweather asked Pacquiao to agree to random blood testing to prove he's not on steroids, and when the two sides failed to compromise, the only fight the public demanded dissolved.

Who wins? Well, Mayweather preserved his undefeated record, and he tarnished Pacquiao's image. And Arum gets what figures to be a lucrative deal to put the world's most popular boxer into Cowboys Stadium, the 100,000-seat palace that will be configured to seat 40,000 fans. It's a feather in Jones' cap, and you can believe he's paying a premium to Arum, who was upset that Mayweather refused to fight in Texas, a state notorious for producing bad decisions.

Who loses? Fight fans who wanted to see Pacquiao-Mayweather, the only bout that really matters to a world-wide audience. Maybe it wasn't just Mayweather who wanted to avoid Pacquiao. Maybe Arum wanted to avoid the headaches that his dealings with Mayweather produce for the chance to cash in on Jones' fat wallet.

And frankly, the March 13 date favored by Pacquiao because it frees him up to run for the Senate in the Philippines really didn't allow time to properly promote a fight the magnitude of Pacquiao-Mayweather. In discussing the subject with sources at HBO and Arum's Top Rank promotional company, they both preferred May 1. But the election is May 10.

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If Pacquiao-Mayweather ever is going to happen -- and it must with a potential take of $80 million -- the most likely scenario would be a September date in Las Vegas. They already have the framework of a deal in place, and that leaves sufficient time to clear up all blood-testing issues and more than enough time to properly promote the fight when the NFL is just starting and before Major League Baseball's postseason.

There's only one thing that could mess it up in my view -- Joshua Clottey. He's a rough customer who has a 1 1/2-inch height advantage and 3-inch reach advantage over Pacquiao. Yes, he lost his last bout by split decision in June to Miguel Cotto, who was defeated by Pacquiao, but Clottey poses a real danger. Of course, it will be tough for Texas judges to go against the world's most popular boxer and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the biggest fight the state ever has hosted.

Don't think Arum doesn't know that.

For details of the Pacquiao-Clottey announcement, please check Bobby Cassidy's blog below.