By Robert Hughes, at ringside
Team owner Jerry Jones hosted ‘The Event’ at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium Saturday for more than 45,000 boxing fans, and Jones made sure many beloved former players and coaches were there to enjoy the evening with him. Two former head coaches who won Super Bowls for Jones, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, sat ringside with their favorite boss, and close by was three-time world champion quarterback Troy Aikman and his favorite wide receiver Michael Irvin. And we can’t forget legendary defensive back Deion Sanders, who always attends Dallas-area fights.
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NFL Hall-of-Famer Rayfield Wright was there towering over the crowd, corner back Everson Walls, who donated one of his kidneys to his late friend and teammate Ron Springs, was seen enjoying the event with friends and family. And receiver Drew Pearson, who many Cowboys fans feel should be in the Hall-of-Fame, also joined the party.
Every ringside seat was taken and scattered throughout were faces more familiar to boxing fans, including Brian Viloria, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Paulie Ayala.
Antonio Margarito, who is ready to make a comeback in boxing after more than a year of inactivity and who desperately wants a chance to battle Manny Pacquiao, seemed to be everywhere posing with fans for photos.
Actor and television show host Mario Lopez was also working the vvent, offering pre-fight commentary.