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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bob Arum From Dallas: 'It's a Great Atmosphere'

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1/09/2010 8:55 PM ET By Lem Satterfield

Top Rank Promoter, Bob Arum, and his stepson, Top Rank president, Todd duBoef, are in Arlington, Texas, where they are in a the box suite of Dallas Cowboys' Stadium owner, Jerry Jones, watching his Cowboys play Saturday night's NFL playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arum and duBoef flew in on Saturday morning "to close the deal" for a March 13 bout between seven-division champion and WBO welterweight (147 pounds) king, Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 knockouts), and challenger, Joshua Clottey (35-3, 20 KOs), of the Bronx by way of Accra Ghana that Jones hopes to hold at his $1.2 billion stadium.

"I'm in the box right now, sitting here with Jerry Jones," said Arum, in a call to FanHouse about 30 minutes before game time.

"It's a great atmosphere," said Arum. "And Jerry says that if it's a blowout for the Cowboys, he'll promise to put me in the game -- so make sure you're watching."

The Pacquiao-Clottey deal "is 98 percent done," Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, told FanHouse on Friday, adding, "for all intent and purposes, it's a done deal."

The domed stadium seats 80,000, but is expandable enough so that it can hold up to 111,000.

Arum called back, yet again, after the Cowboys lead, 7-0, at 14:09 of the second quarter thanks to Tony Romo's 3-yard scoring pass to Shaun Phillips that ended a four-play, 55-yard drive.

"This place is absolutely awesome, I mean you should see it," said Arum, screaming above the boisterous Cowboys' fans in the background, not long before Dallas went ahead, 14-7, with 9:14 left before halftime on a 1-yard run by Tashard Choice.

"The crowd is unbelievable. This is going to be incredible," said Arum. "This stadium, I'm telling you, with this fight, we're going to pack this place."

Arum said that he and duBoef will meet privately with Jones on Sunday in the hopes of finalizing the details.


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