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 fans 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 Cowboys' playoff victory over the 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."
* Lindsey Vonn won a women's World Cup super-G in Haus Im Ennstal, Austria, becoming the first American to earn a victory on 3 straight days and the first women to do so since 1997. Vonn's 28th World Cup win moved her past Phil Mahre into second on the career victory list for American skiers. Bode Miller leads with 31 victories.
* Bill Demong and Todd Lodwick made U.S. Nordic combined history in Val Di Fiemme, Italy, finishing 1-2 to become the first Americans in the sport to mount a World Cup podium together.
* Americans Nate Holland and Lindsey Jacobellis won World Cup snowboardcross races in Bad Gastein, Austria, to improve their chances of making the U.S. Olympic team.
* U.S. pilots Steven Holcomb and John Napier were second and third behind three-time Olympic champion Andre Lange in a four-man World Cup bobsled race in Koenigssee, Germany.
* Xavier Kuhn, of France, and Ashleigh McIvor, of Canada, won World Cup ski cross races in Les Contaimines, France, while American Casey Puckett finished fourth to increase his chances of competing in his fifth Olympics.
* American Tim Burke retook the lead in the biathlon World Cup by finishing second to five-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, of Norway, in a men's mass start race in Oberhof, Germany.
* Cuban pitcher Aroldis Chapman has agreed to a deal with the Cincinnati Reds, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. With a 100 mph fastball, Chapman is considered by scouts to be among the top pitching prospects in the world. But there are questions about the lefthander's readiness for the majors. Chapman defected last July, leaving the Cuban national team after it arrived in the Netherlands for a tournament. He then established residency in Andorra so he could choose his team as a free agent and not be subject to baseball's draft.
* Togo withdrew from a continentwide soccer tournament and its players reluctantly left Angola, 2 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's president to persuade the players to leave the African Cup of Nations; they said they wanted to stay and compete in honor of the assistant coach, team spokesman and Angolan bus driver who died in Friday's attack.
* NBC Universal said it expects to lose money televising the Winter Olympics from Vancouver next month. NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol said that while advertising sales were soft for much of last year, they have picked up as the Olympics drew near. The loss comes primarily due to the stiff rights fee NBC ($820 million) paid to broadcast the games, he said.
* Top-seeded Andy Roddick survived a second-set collapse to win the Brisbane (Australia) International title, beating defending champion Radek Stepanek, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7), after the Czech player double-faulted on match point . . . Marin Cilic, of Croatia, retained the Chennai (India) Open title, defeating Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).