Report: Jerry Jones wants to be a fight man
Let’s get ready to rumble.
Jerry Jones is in a fighting mood. Rather, Jones is in the mood to host some fights at Jerryworld. We’re not talking about the return of wide receiver Terrell Owens. We’re talking about prize fights.
In advance of the March 13 bout between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium, Jones is pitching the idea that his shiny new stadium, fresh off a regal NBA All-Star Game, is ready to be a regular host to boxing’s biggest events. You know, the occasional big boxing events that remain.
"I spent two days in Mexico. They are such huge boxing fans, the biggest boxing fans in the world today are Mexican sports fans. That aligns beautifully with our fans, with what we want to do with the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said on ESPN Radio, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I was still heart-broke over not getting to play in the (NFC) Championship Game, but there I was, talking it up because I know what boxing might could mean to our stadium.
"We'll drop (the stadium big screen) down probably another 25, 30 feet for the fight. I could envision some classic fights annually. ... I really think that we could be really be a special place to fight. ... Maybe we could be like Madison Square Garden when it comes to boxing."
For starters, we thought the scoreboard didn’t budge. Not for the punters anyway. But we like the idea. Jones built the stadium and now he’s going to reap the benefits. The Final Four is headed his way. The Super Bowl will be there next year. He’s going to attract top college football games. The stadium is going to be known for more than the Cowboys. It was a calculated gamble he took in fronting so much of his private fortune to make it happen.
With an open roof for a bout, Jones could have a recreation of the Fan Man incident at Caesars Palace back in 1993 when James Miller piloted a powered paraglider right into the Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe bout.
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