Pacquiao Vs Margarito: Why Cowboys Stadium Could Become the New Boxing Home

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer INovember 13, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 12:  (L-R) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Joshua Clottey of Ghana pose after the weigh-in for their WBO welterweight title fight outside Cowboys Stadium on March 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao and Clottey will fight March 13, 2010 in Cowboys Stadium.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Jerry Jones has been waiting for this day. He's been waiting for the day that he stuck it to Las Vegas, but the day that is still yet to come is the one where he delivers the knockout blow.

Make no mistake about it, Las Vegas is pissed. They're getting business, big business, taken away from them and it's not something they're real pleased about.

When Jones first broke the news of a state of the art football stadium, replacing the one that was first opened back in October 1971 and demolished this past April, he made it clear that this new stadium wasn't only going to be for football.

He wanted the biggest names and events, and he wanted the revenue to stream into the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well.

As much as people want to hate the job he's done with the Dallas Cowboys over the last 15 years, you can't argue with Jones as a business man because, well, he's arguably one of the best.

The stadium opened with a concert from country music legend George Strait, which drew over 70,000 people to the stadium. The Cowboys drew 105,121 fans in their regular season debut at the new stadium against the Giants last year. Jerry Jones was beginning to realize his dreams and what this stadium would be able to accomplish.

When Jones isn't in Dallas, you can find him in Las Vegas a lot of time, which became clear the night after he fired head coach Wade Phillips.  TMZ published pictures of Jones in one of the hotel night clubs.

What this fight tonight means for Cowboys Stadium is the beginning of what could be the next Las Vegas, and I'm not just talking about the boxing.

There have already been discussions of a casino being built not far from Cowboys Stadium, which could also mean high rise hotels and who knows what else.

But, as I said before, it doesn't stop with heavyweight fights. There's also been a rumor that Jerry Jones may go after the National Finals Rodeo, which has been held at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas since 1985.

For 25 years, Las Vegas has been the home to rodeo's version of the Super Bowl, the biggest event in their sport. To lose that would be a huge revenue loss to not only the arena, but hotels and casinos alike.

That is something they do not want to lose, especially to a guy like Jerry Jones.

However, they can't argue against a 100,000 seat, state of the art stadium that could bring more fans to this event than it ever has in its history.

There's still one thing this stadium is trying to accomplish: the biggest possible fight in boxing today, Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The two camps can not come to an agreement to make this fight happen. Every boxing fan wants to see it, and all the boxing media want these two fighters to prove themselves to the WBC world.

For now, Jerry Jones could turn Cowboys Stadium into the new home of heavyweight boxing. If he begins to steal business away from Las Vegas, who knows what it could do to the revenue stream of that city?

While money will continue to poor into the hotels and casinos, it won't nearly be what they're use to bringing in over a year's time.

Cowboy fans can hate Jones if they want, but the city of Arlington isn't going to complain if money starts to roll in hand over fist into their city.