There is little doubt that the all-but-finalized fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be the biggest fight the sport has seen in the modern era. Pay-per-view sales will rake in tens of millions, while ticket sales are expected to go through the roof—all thirty thousand or less if Vegas and the traditionalists have their way.
Ever been to a live fight? I know I haven't, but I would love to go.
Forget that I live in the Dallas area. I would love to see this fight, period.
Emphasis on seeing it. Not watching it.
What does Cowboys Stadium offer that no other venue can? The perfect mix between the ability to yes, watch it, but also see it, hear it, feel it, smell it, and even taste it.
A sensory overload.
I have read that people enjoy travelling to Vegas to watch the fights on closed-circuit television at the MGM Grand. Are you kidding me? I can do that at home.
The naysayers bring up the shoddy record of Texas officiating, while the Texas heads have already assured both sides that they would gladly use outside referees.
What about the parties? The atmosphere?
Do you really think Texas can't provide it? This state loves doing things bigger than anyone. Dallas is the eighth-largest city in the nation. We will host a Super Bowl in 2011 and the NCAA men's basketball Final Four in 2014. Make no mistake, the town will put their best foot forward.
Another often cited negative is that the worst seats in Cowboys Stadium would mean that the fighters would look like ants. They won't be able to see! However, almost all of those people haven't been to the stadium.
I have, and as I sat at the top of the party pass area at the far end-zone, I watched that Monday Night Football game with my own eyes. Did I look up occasionally at the smaller of the four Texas-sized video monitors looming above? Of course, but my attention was on the field of play during the actual game.
I don't mean to say that the fans would have a great view from up top. However, neither you nor I have any idea what it might actually look like. That was the whole point of the cancelled tour of the stadium for the promoters.
Imagine having over 100,000 fans oohing and awing at every right-hook and uppercut.
Additionally, the video monitors should be a welcome addition, helping people sitting up top see the action.
With Jerry World's monstrous monitors they get to see everything. They can watch the game, concert, fight, or event unfold in crystal clear high definition on a larger-than-life screen.
Just seeing the screens on your own television isn't enough though. You have to actually witness them in person to understand the sheer size and clarity. Just like you have to see the fight in person to get the full benefit.
The stars will be there in force for this fight no matter where you have it. Many fans just want the chance to be in the same stadium for the fight, instead of watching it on a distant television screen.