Sal Rodriguez reports that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is confident in a fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Lamont Peterson selling 40,000 tickets if held at Cowboys Stadium. Arum wants the fight in Arlington at Jerry Jones' mall-field playground on July 14.
"Juan Manuel against Lamont would be a great fight. What the promoters believe, is that it might get up to 40,000 people, but the trick is to make [the tickets] affordable," Arum said.
REALLY?!? 40,000 fans for Marquez vs Peterson?
First of all, I like that in boxing, it's a "trick" to make tickets "affordable."
Second of all, there's this popular boxing fellow name of Manny Pacquiao, and he didn't sell 40,000 tickets in either of his two fights at Cowboys Stadium. Pacquiao's fight against Joshua Clottey in March 2010 was announced as having 50,994 in attendance that night, but that was a bogus claim. The real attendance was 41,843, with a paid attendance of 36,371.
For Pacquiao's fight against Antonio Margarito eight months later, numbers were down, and that was with a well-known, controversial Mexican opponent instead of a largely-unknown, substitute opponent from Ghana with no fanbase whatsoever. Pacquiao vs Margarito drew 40,154, with a paid attendance of 30,437.
So no, I don't think Marquez and Peterson can get 40,000 into Cowboys Stadium unless you give half the tickets away for free.
I know I keep saying this, but the idea to put this fight in that stadium strikes me as totally bizarre and an unnecessary expense. Why would you want these guys fighting in front of 15-20,000 fans in a building that will make them look and sound like nothing? Was the disinterested buzz of Pacquiao-Clottey something we need to revisit?
If you want to put the fight in Texas, how about Reliant Arena in Houston? That building has become a nice boxing venue. San Antonio has the Alamodome, which hosts Chavez vs Rubio tomorrow night. There are probably 15 venues in Texas that are better for this fight than Cowboys Stadium.
Marquez vs Peterson is not finalized yet, but Arum seems to be pushing hard for it. Team Peterson is currently weighing this offer against one from Golden Boy and Amir Khan.