Juan Manuel Marquez might accept a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao, but not in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
If there is indeed a fourth fight between rivals Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez yet to come, Marquez's Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain tells Sal Rodriguez of Record that the fighter absolutely will not fight in Las Vegas, where he feels he's been screwed three times by the judges in three fights with Pacquiao (who is 2-0-1 in three very close bouts).
But Mexico isn't necessary, either. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, would apparently work just fine.
Pacquiao and Top Rank have held two events at Cowboys Stadium, both in 2010, and frankly, there's a reason that they all went back to the MGM Grand in Vegas this year.
When Pacquiao went to the massive stadium to face Joshua Clottey in March 2010, the event sold 36,371 tickets, or more than double what Pacquiao vs Marquez drew on November 12 in Las Vegas. But that doesn't tell the real story: Pacquiao vs Marquez did a gate total of $11,648,300, ninth-largest in Nevada history.
Pacquiao vs Clottey, with all those extra tickets, returned a gate of "just" $6,359,985. Pacquiao's fight with Margarito at the same stadium eight months later did a bit less in paid attendance, and didn't come close to the gate of a Pacquiao fight in Vegas, at $5.4 million.
Whether or not everyone would be willing to leave some money on the table is up for debate, but Arum remains friendly with Jerry Jones and there were reportedly plans in motion this week to move Cotto vs Margarito to Cowboys Stadium if the fight was kicked out of New York.
A lot would depend on how this third fight did on pay-per-view, which is the real cash cow of big-time boxing, and what the market appears to be for a fourth fight.