By Eric Thomas: According to the Manila Bulletin, some of Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders could be accompanying World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao for his promotional tour in New York starting this Wednesday. Pacquiao will be facing former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey on March 13th at the Dallas Cowboy stadium, in Arlington, Texas. With the amount of time wasted in Pacquiao’s failed negotiations with Floyd Mayweather Jr., they are getting off to a late start in building up excitement for his next fight.
However, it might not matter because Pacquiao’s name has been in the media on a daily basis for the past couple of months and boxing fans want to see his next fight no matter who he faces. Clottey, another Top Rank fighter like Pacquiao, isn’t well known among casual fans. Indeed, few of them will likely have heard his name before.
It likely won’t matter, though, because Pacquiao’s name alone will probably be all that matters for his fight with Clottey to be successful. Bob Arum, the Top Rank promoter, will get help from the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in trying to sell out the stadium for the fight. The large stadium, which can fit 100,000, will be reconfigured to fit between 45,000 to 65,000 fans for the fight depending on how well ticket sales go for the bout.
As for the cheerleaders, they’ll be on hand to create a more exciting atmosphere during the promotional tour in New York. Arum is excited about the fight, which is called “The Event”, and thinks it will make history. It remains to be seen if that will actually be the case. It usually takes two good fighters for a fight to make history, and this fight at least on paper has the makings of a mismatch.
If Pacquiao dominates Clottey like many boxing fans think he will the fight will still make a lot of money it might not make history. Pacquiao needs a huge name like Mayweather, his original planned opponent, or someone like Paul Williams for him to truly make history.