Monday, December 14, 2009

Pacquiao-Mayweather location dispute.

All the specifics of the Pacquiao-Mayweather super-fight have been settled (weight class, glove weight, money split), except for the location.  As of now, the MGM Grand in Vegas, and the Dallas Cowboys, are offering their arenas for the fight, and negotiations are underway as to which site should be picked. The Grand can seat about 17,000, whereas the Cowboy's stadium can seat close to 6 times that amount.

To me, it appears a great opportunity has been given to the boxing community.  If the fight takes place in Dallas, the super-fight will be opened up to a whole new audience.  Fans without the money required to attend a Vegas fight will have the opportunity to see what will probably be the greatest fight in recent memory. Perhaps more importantly,  it will help put boxing back into the spotlight if headlines read  the day after the fight, "100,000 Attend the Pacquiao-Mayweather Super-Fight", or "Fight of the Century Sells as Many Tickets as Super Bowl".  It could help breathe new life into a sport that, although making a come-back, seems to be waneing in the public eye. Although I'm sure the energy in Vegas in the days  leading up to a big fight is amazing, its time make boxing a more public sport again.


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