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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pacquiao vs. Clottey seems a lot more fun than Mayweather vs. Mosley

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DALLAS, TX - While I wish the May 1st Mayweather vs. Mosley fight well, I believe Pacquiao vs. Clottey will be the more exciting fight. It's certainly the better promotion.

Already over 38,000 fans have bought tickets to see the live fight at Cowboys Stadium and sales will approach 50,000.

Mayweather vs. Mosley will do the normal 16,000 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

But it was exciting to watch the first 20,000 tickets fly out of the Cowboys Stadium box office the first weekend and the next 10,000 sell with virtually only word of mouth; neither publicity nor advertising in place yet.

Now Dallas - Fort Worth fans know they have a big - time event on their hands within easy driving distance at the greatest sports palace ever built. Cowboys Stadium gives this event a lot of credibility.

The professional manner in which Cowboys owner Jerry Jones handled not getting the proposed Pacquiao vs. Mayweather bout showed style and grace on his part. Oh sure he was fighting mad, but he's mature enough to know how and when to pick his professional fights.

Sans the brief skirmish at their press conference, Mayweather vs. Mosley has been about exciting as watching paint dry. Now we are five weeks out from that fight and the promotion has not hit its stride yet. Pacquaio vs. Clottey seems to be having a lot more fun.

Would you rather listen to Roger Mayweather babble on about blood testing or watch real bravery and watch Manny Pacquiao belt out a tune on Jimmy Kimmel Live?

Mayweather vs. Mosley will do well on pay-per-view. Maybe close to two million subscribers. Pacquiao vs. Clottey will top over one million.

Pacquaio vs. Clottey will triple the 16,000 fans at the MGM Grand.

Golden Boy Promotions, the promoter of Mayweather vs. Mosley, seems to believe they are owed ticket sales, while Top Rank and Pacquiao vs. Clottey are fighting for ticket sales.

At the end of the day though, the winner of Pacquiao vs. Clottey has somewhere to go next. Mosley is already 38. Mayweather just turned 33 and is almost out of his prime. If Mayweather beats Mosley, as he should, he still may never face Pacquiao.

So Mayweather has nowhere to go next. He has painted himself into a corner.

I sensed the buzz for March 13 at a Media Day for Dallas prospect Roberto Marroquin yesterday. He's really an eight - round fighter but to get him on the televised portion of the card he had to take a six - round fight.

A pretty decent representation of Dallas - Fort Worth media and friends attended the event at the new Maple Avenue Boxing Gym. I get the impression the local media here is waiting for something big to happen.

It will next week when the main event fighters and international media arrive at DFW International Airport. Clottey has an "open to the public" workout day Monday and Pacquiao follows with his on Tuesday.

This fight week will be a lot of fun.


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