Thursday, November 4, 2010
For certain the attention the Dallas - Fort Worth television market (5th largest in the nation) has been able to focus on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito fight November 13 has been affected by two unexpected actions. And neither helped the fight sell tickets.
First, the next door Texas Rangers were in a pennant race all summer and just concluded its season in the World Series Monday night.
Second, the dismal start to the season (1-6) for a Cowboys team expected to contend for the playoffs if not the Super Bowl has caused much concern among the media as to possible coaching firings or player transactions as the Cowboys and promoter Jerry Jones try to right the ship.
Valuable air-time for early fight coverage has been lost as both the Rangers and Cowboys have dominated the local airwaves albeit for different reasons.
A weak under card was just made weaker as Kelly Pavlik dropped off the card a few days ago citing an injury. The under card is supposed to help sell tickets, not be a nuisance to it.
Still the main event could save the day and carry the entire show and it seems it will have to.
Early ticket sales on the floor have been reported brisk as was the Pacquiao fight against Joshua Clottey back in March also at Cowboys Stadium.
The Rangers seem primed with its young team to be a contender for years to come and the Cowboys might be heading in the polar opposite direction which means media coverage in the next two weeks could give us a clue what future coverage will be like in coming years if Jerry Jones wants to host big time professional boxing.