I know many people don’t like Jerry Jones and feel he’s an egomaniac, but as a huge boxing fan I love what he’s doing for Saturday night’s Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight….
Back in boxing’s heyday, the biggest fights were held in stadiums and everything seemed much bigger….
Bringing this fight to Cowboys Stadium is a beautiful thing and fight fans everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Jones….
He loves boxing and the sport needs people like him to elevate boxing to mainstream levels again….
I love going to Las Vegas, but the fights aren’t really for the public. All the best seats are reserved for the casino high rollers and corporate sponsors, which eliminates the real fans….
Pacquiao-Clottey, however, will be held in front of a sell out crowd of 45,000 and hopefully begin the dawn of a new era in boxing….
Jones wants to do two or three big fights a year at his stadium, which will be great for the sport. Hopefully we’ll get the Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather blockbuster in Dallas this fall….
That is, if both of them win. Not a guarantee by any means….
Both Clottey and Sugar Shane Mosley are dangerous and can win….
Prediction: Pacman by late stoppage or decision in a very tough, grueling fight.
Prediction #2: Mayweather by controversial decision that most people feel Mosley won….
Bob Arum, the promoter for Pacman-Clottey, is also bringing boxing back to Yankee Stadium, home of some of the greatest fights in boxing history….
In June, it’s going to be 154 lb. champion Yuri Foreman defending his title against Miguel Cotto. This might seem intriguing to the average fan, but this is going be be huge and draw a large crowd….
Why? Well, for two reasons: 1) Foreman is white, 28-0, Jewish and can fight. He’s also studying to be a rabbi and with the large Jewish population in New York will certainly sell a lot of tickets. 2) Cotto is Puerto Rican, a former world champion and has sold out Madison Square Garden in the past….
An undefeated white, Jewish world champion against a Puerto Rican world champion at Yankee Stadium? What a great idea and Arum should be congratulated….
Another step in the right direction for boxing….
When I think of Yankee Stadium, I think of Joe Louis vs. Max Baer, Louis vs. Max Schmeling, Louis vs. Billy Conn and Rocky Marciano’s fights against Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore….
Louis-Baer sold more than 80,000 tickets, by the way….
With the heavyweight division in disarray, Jones and Arum are making great strides in bringing back the sport….
Outside of the heavyweights, boxing is very entertaining and has loads of talent everywhere except the big guys….
All boxing needs is a great American heavyweight and we could have a tremendous renaissance. There is somebody out there and hopefully he’ll surface soon….
Very interesting story on ESPN.com today:
“Promoter Don King shot down a rumor making the rounds Friday that he had a deal to promote former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in a third fight with Evander Holyfield, but he was evasive about whether he was in talks with Tyson about a comeback against somebody else.
An Internet report citing “a source close to Tyson” said King had a tentative deal for Tyson to return later this year to face Holyfield, but if that didn’t happen there was “a plan B.”
“My man, that is just wishful thinking,” King told ESPN.com on Friday when asked about a third Holyfield-Tyson fight. “It is not true. It is not true about no Tyson-Holyfield fight. That’s wishful thinking. Maybe it’s something I would do for old time’s sake if they were interested in the fight, but I ain’t doing that at this time. I have not even spoken to Evander Holyfield.”
However, when asked about whether he was working with Tyson on a comeback fight against another opponent, King did not deny it.
“I ain’t ready to comment on that,” King said. “Read between the lines. It really is something isn’t it, all the interest there is in Mike Tyson?”
REACTION: I know both Tyson and Holyfield are way past thier primes, but I’d sure as hell watch if this fight happened. With the state of the heavyweight division, this fight would do pretty well on PPV. I know everyone would self-righteously state they will not watch and the whole thing is a farce, but they’re lying.
After Tyson was jailed for rape, almost everyone I knew said they were through with him and would never watch another of his fights. I laughed, told them they were full of s*** and said I’d leave my front door open when they wanted to come over for Tyson’s next fight….
Sure enough, most of them were sitting in my living room when Mike got out of jail and resumed his career….
As for the fight itself, I think Holyfield will destroy him….
Yes, Evander isn’t what he once was, but he’s been fighting, is still in good shape and looked good when he fought Nikolai Valuev for the WBA Title last year….
Granted, the 7′, 340 lb. Valuev isn’t a great fighter, but Evander outhustled him and won easily; except in the eyes of the judges, who somehow gave the decision to the big stiff….
So, at 47 years of age, Holyfield should have a share of the Heavyweight Championship….
Tyson, on the other hand, is grossly overweight and doesn’t want to fight. Unfortunately, he has to because of his tax problems….
He was knocked out by Lennox Lewis in 2002, Danny Williams in 2004 and Kevin McBride in 2005….
To be fair, Evander also has severe financial difficulties and needs a payday….
In the end, Holyfield will knock out Tyson in five or six rounds….
He was better than Tyson when both of them were young and now the gap has widened considerably….
Is the fight a farce? I don’t think so, due to the pathetic crop of heavyweights currently polluting the scene. These two still carry a lot of clout with boxing fans and I predict a big PPV and a lot of interest….
Maybe George Foreman could fight the winner….