Pacquiao to fight Clottey in Dallas
Manny Pacquiao will fight March 13 at Cowboys Stadium, but not against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said yesterday he has finalized a deal to match Pacquiao against Joshua Clottey in a welterweight bout at the new $1.2 billion stadium. Arum moved swiftly to land a lucrative fight for his Filipino star after his contentious negotiations for a megafight with Mayweather fell apart in a prolonged dispute over blood testing.
Arum was in Texas over the weekend to wrap up details for the pay-per-view fight, which will be the first boxing match in the stadium. Top Rank spokesman Lee Samuels said the arena will be configured to seat 50,000 for the fight, but the capacity could be raised or lowered.
"This stadium has blown me away," Arum told The Associated Press. "It is the most magnificent facility I've ever seen."
Arum took in the Dallas Cowboys' playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night, sitting just two seats from former President George W. Bush. Arum said Bush had the same reaction he's heard repeatedly since negotiations with Mayweather bogged down.
"Too bad you didn't get Mayweather, but what difference does it make?" Arum said Bush told him. "Everybody just wants to see Pacquiao anyway."
Mayweather also is expected to fight March 13 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Paulie Malignaggi could be the opponent.
CUBAN CHAPMAN TO SIGN WITH REDS
Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Reds, ending one of the biggest questions in baseball this offseason.
A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press about the agreement yesterday.
With a 100 mph fastball, Chapman is considered by scouts to be among the top pitching prospects in the world.
Chapman, who defected last July, threw a bullpen session for major league teams in Houston last month, and Toronto, Florida and Boston also were thought to be among his potential suitors.
Soccer: Togo withdrew from a continentwide soccer tournament and its players reluctantly left Angola yesterday, two days after a deadly ambush on the team bus killed three and injured eight. A separatist leader warned, however, that violence would not likely end.
It took a call from Togo president Faure Gnassingbe to persuade the players to leave the African Cup of Nations; they said they wanted to compete in honor of the assistant coach, team spokesman and Angolan bus driver who died in Friday's attack.
College football: Tommy Tuberville was introduced as Texas Tech coach yesterday.
Tuberville, who is replacing the fired Mike Leach, will receive a five-year contract averaging about $1.5 million a year, according to a source.