I know this may not be a big deal, but did anyone notice the shellacking Jerry Jones and his beautiful new stadium has taken since the Super Bowl seat fiasco? Anyone with a platform looking to score points had something to say and the lawsuits are beginning to pour in.
But the most damaging statement may have come last week at the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley press conference in Las Vegas. Top Rank boss Bob Arum, although pleased with the turnout at the two fights he put at Cowboy Stadium –Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey– appeared to take a bit of a dig at the venue.
Ok, it may not have been a dig, but it certainly wasn’t a ringing endorsement.
“Last year Manny and all of the group were Cowboys,” Arum said. “We campaigned twice in the great state of Texas and the two fights at Cowboy Stadium were absolutely terrific.”
Now here’s where it gets a little interesting.
“But remember I live in Las Vegas and I felt that it was time to come back to the place, which is the capital of boxing, because boxing needs Las Vegas and Las Vegas needs boxing,” Arum added.
It gets worse. MGM Grand Resort and Casino’s Bob Halloran had no problems letting his feelings be known.
"We’re not happy you’re back with these guys, we’re estatic," Halloran said. "And I can promise you one thing, our seats will work. They all work at the area. Don’t worry about the seats.”
All jokes aside, will we see another major fight at Cowboy Stadium anytime soon? We certainly won’t see a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight there. The purse, expected to be in $100-million range, will be out of Jones’ price range.
With Top Rank one of just a few big-time promoters left in the fight game –Golden Boy Promotions is the other– it’s difficult to envision another promotion company being able to put on a fight at such a large venue.
A little over 41,000 people were in attendance at the Pacquiao-Margarito fight, at least 20,000 below expectations. Pacquiao’s tilt with Clottey drew a little over 50,000.
Polish heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek has been a great draw at the 17,000-plus seat Prudential Center in Newark. It’s not quite the 50,000 who bought tickets at Cowboy Stadium, but financially, it’s probably just as viable.
Bigger isn’t always better.