By Dar Mead
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The buzz for the unofficial HBO Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao super fight is so high that representatives from different sports arenas/stadiums have shown serious interest in hosting the event.
Las Vegas usually lands all the big fights especially because of the money to be made at the casinos.
Places like the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Staples Center have all been mentioned. Recently Bill Clinton’s former political adviser James Carville, a big boxing fan, has been very outspoken on his campaign to get the fight to Louisiana at the New Orleans Superdome. He’s even willing to talk to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal about getting a tax waiver for the fight.
James Carville loves boxing and his intentions to bring the sports biggest event to his beloved hometown of New Orleans makes a lot of sense.
“There is an incredible narrative here,” Carville said. “This fight could signal a rebirth for boxing and the city of New Orleans. We could have one together.”
Rebirth and recovery is what New Orleans is going through, after enduring the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster which destroyed most of the city. Boxing is going through it’s own rebirth and recovery, once a top viewed sport in the United States, it has dwindled in the past couple of years with very little media coverage.
Boxing is far from dead. It’s just that the great amazing fights never really get any mainstream media attention. Only the die hard fans of the sport got to truly enjoy the epic battles and thrillers of recent history such as the Raphael Marquez vs. Israel Vasquez Trilogy, Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz, Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo 1, Shane Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito, Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rogers Mtagwa, the list goes on and on.
Boxing on an international scale is still very much alive and well. Boxing has suffered some knockdowns, but they are not ready to be counted out and just like New Orleans both are ready to rise again.
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