Over the last two days, Bob Arum of Top Rank and Jerry Jones owner of the Dallas Cowboys visited Mexico City and Monterrey to promote the “The Event,” a championship card headline by the worlds best boxer, Manny Pacquiao to be held at the new Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, March 13 and to be telecast by HBO pay-per-view. Arum and Jones understand the importance of boxing to the Mexican people both in Mexico and in the United States and the passion of all Hispanics toward the sport. In Mexico City they were hosted by TV Azteca and the World Boxing Council (WBC) in a grand setting in one the main rooms of the new St Regis Hotel where over 300 media and guest gathered for the press conference.
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“I know the importance of the Mexican people to boxing and we are very honored and proud to be here to speak about this great event that will be held at one of the most modern and beautiful stadiums in the world,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank.
Jerry Jones, owner, president and general manager of the Cowboys was very excited to speak about the fight and his great stadium.
“I know boxing is about passion and that’s what Cowboys Stadium is to me. I empty my bucket to build the best stadium in the world and I expect no less of my Cowboys or anyone that performs there. That is why I’m so proud to have Manny Pacquiao to be the first boxer to throw a punch there, I know he always give his all in the ring,” said Jones.
Present at Mexico City were Mario San Roman, general manager of TV AZTECA, Rodrigo Fernandez, Azteca 7, Fernando Beltran, president of Promociones Zanfer, Jose Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council, and boxers: Jose Luis Castillo, Alfonso Gomez and Salvador Sanchez, nephew of the great Salvador Sanchez who signed a promotional contract with Top Rank today in Monterrey, Mexico.
“This fight is a great and very competitive fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey and that’s why we can host it at the Cowboys Stadium where only the best in world will compete,” said Jones.
Castillo who is on full comeback mode looks forward to the opportunity to fight in a major card.
“I have been fighting very frequently over the last year and feel that I am ready to take on better and stronger opponents and I feel that Alfonso Gomez is a good quality opponent for me to show everyone that I can get back to world title contention a at either 140 or 147 pounds,” said Castillo.
Gomez, who has wins over the late Arturo Gatti and Jesus Soto Karass is looking for another big victory.
“I now its going to be a hard fight against Jose Luis Castillo, but I know I ready for it and will go home with another great victory on my record on March 13,” said Gomez.
Sanchez, who is managed by Elvis Grant Phillips was with the fighter in both Mexico and Monterrey.
“I’m very happy to be with Top Rank the best boxing promoters in the world and will do my best to continue the family tradition that my uncle started in the ring,” said Sanchez.
In Monterrey, today the event was hosted by Tecate, in their brewery Cuahutemoc Moctezuma head quarters and it was televised live in the state of Nuevo Leon.
Jorge Luis Ramos, the general manager of the brewery, Cuahutemoc Moctezuma and Daniel Cuellar, the marketing director of the beer company, were present at this event along with Jones, Arum, Beltran, and the boxers, Castillo, Gomez and Sanchez.
“For Tecate is a great honor to be part of this event. We are proud of our Mexican boxers and are great full to Top Rank and Zanfer for giving them the opportunity to showcase their talent all over the world. We will continue to support boxing because its very special and has given us some our most memorable moments,” said Jose Luis Ramos.
The two day tour ended yesterday, and Castillo, Gomez and Sanchez flew to California to continue training, Castillo in Big Bear and the other two in Los Angeles.