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By CARLOS NAVA / Al Dia
Cowboys Stadium remains a strong candidate for a possible bout between boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., Top Rank Promotions confirmed.
Lee Samuels, public relations director for Top Rank, which represents Pacquiao, said Monday that negotiations with Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather’s promoter, could begin this week and that the tentative fight date is March 13.
Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto via 12th-round TKO on Saturday in Las Vegas to win the World Boxing Organization’s welterweight championship – the seventh title of his career. Top Rank vice president Bruce Trampler previously told Al Dia that Cowboys Stadium would be a strong candidate for a Mayweather fight if Pacquiao defeated Cotto.
Samuels said Yankee Stadium in New York and Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas also are among the facilities interested in the fight, which is expected to be the biggest-drawing bout in history.
Cowboys Stadium could have an edge on other stadium candidates because its retractable roof protects against the elements.
“Everybody has been blown away by that facility,” Top Rank president Bob Arum told ESPN. “The Cowboys have eight to 10 games, and they want events there. Jerry [Jones, the Cowboys’ owner] has a big investment and, with the video board and the closed roof, it would be a nice event.”
Even if the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight doesn’t happen, Pacquiao could meet another opponent in Arlington, possibly Mexico’s Juan Manuel Márquez, who once fought Pacquiao to a draw.
Dallas boxer Roberto Marroquin said Top Rank told him last week that if he wins his next fight in January, he would be on the Pacquiao undercard at Cowboys Stadium.
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Marroquin (11-0, 8 KO’s) beat Anthony Napunyi in Las Vegas last Friday.