Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey gets a splashy kickoff
"With the stature of Pacquiao, we're going to be able to put on a unique fight." Jones, just two days removed from his football team's disappointing playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings, appreciated having some new excitement. "I needed this," he said. "Before I came here, I didn't have the usual juice in me. I was dragging." Tickets, priced between $700 (ringside) and $50, will go on sale Sunday. The plan is to fill 40,000 seats, but Arum said a 60,000-seat plan can be arranged if necessary. After the proposed Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight fell apart, both fighters made plans for different opponents. Mayweather is close to reaching a deal to fight Shane Mosley on May 1 in Las Vegas. For Pacquiao vs Clottey, Jones said he will lower the stadium's high-definition video screen to 30 feet above the ring on fight night, so fans can better view the blow-by-blow action. "I'm proud of this, I always envisioned boxing in this venue," Jones said. "One of the things that motivates me is the idea that first impressions are important. It's why I wanted Pacquiao here. "He has the . . . charisma and talent, but then there's the story of how he got here from the Philippines . . . and what he means to his country. An entire country follows him. The fans here appreciate that, and he's a great fighter. To get this fight, to have it in this venue, it's going to be a happening."
Pugmire reported from Los Angeles