The Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito fight at Cowboys Stadium Saturday night turned into the kind of one-sided beatdown that the Cowboys themselves have been on the wrong side of the last couple weeks.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was front and center at the fight and mentioned several times during the pay-per-view broadcast, but he wants to make it clear that he’s putting all his attention on his football team, and not on boxing or the other events his stadium hosts. As a result, Jones didn’t make as many media appearances for this fight as he did for Paquiao’s last fight at Cowboys Stadium.
“I thought it was better for our club to have the perception that we had our mind on our primary business, and that’s the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones told Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “As much as we’re excited about having Manny here with the Margarito fight and the stadium and boxing, I felt that a lower profile would serve that well.”
It only makes sense for Jones to want to find other big events, like Pacquiao vs. Margarito, to fill his billion-dollar stadium on the 350-plus days a year when it’s not hosting an NFL game. But it also makes sense for Jones to want the fans in Dallas to know that he’s focusing on reversing his team’s fortunes.
Then again, some Cowboys fans would be happy to see Jones focus his attention on outside activities like boxing matches, and hire a general manager to make the football decisions.