When Manny Pacquiao battered Joshua Clottey this past spring at Cowboys Stadium, the event was lauded as a huge success for the sport of boxing. After all, it’s hard to front on the results when over 50,000 people crammed into the overtly-ostentatious stadium and the event did north of 700,000 PPV buys. By any calculations, the fight was a success, even if the main event lacked fireworks. With the open embrace the DFW Metroplex gave Pacquiao, there was little doubt that Top Rank and Pacquiao would soon return to North Texas.
Well, the time is now and the “Pacman” will once again make boxing front page news here in the DFW when he takes on former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium on November 13. The fight will air on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Friday afternoon, Pacquiao, Margarito, HBO and Top Rank, along with Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones held an open press conference at Cowboys Stadium to formally announce the fight. A huge, vocal, throng of fight fans descended upon the stadium to witness two of the most popular fighters in the game. With Pacquiao’s whirlwind style taking on Margarito’s smothering pressure, the fight has fireworks written all over it.
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