1/2 Chance A Champ Will Be In Queens?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Many hope of hosting a mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, who recently defeated Miguel Cotto.

Mark Kriegel, of Fox Sports, writes:

The list of parties who've contacted promoter Bob Arum in hopes of hosting include the Yankees and the Mets, the Jets and the Giants, the Cowboys, a consortium of Nevada businessmen, and a former Presidential advisor.

First off, you can forget about Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, where municipal, state and other assorted taxes would result in a 15 percent levy against the combatants' purses. "There's no conceivable way the fight can take place in New York City because of the tax structure," Arum said Monday afternoon.

New Jersey, where the Jets and Giants play, isn't much better, unless your lobbyist is a Soprano. More promising is an idea advanced by Bill Clinton's former consigliere, James Carville. Under that scenario, Pacquiao and Mayweather would meet in New Orleans' Superdome. "Louisiana has a much smaller tax," said Arum, "and Carville is talking to the governor about getting a waiver."

Then there's Texas, with no state income tax, and a stadium that holds up to 111,000 for football.

And don't forget Las Vegas, where Arum says he has a group willing to build a makeshift outdoor stadium to seat 30,000.

Not bad for a dead sport, huh?

Eli: Who ever thought I could be excited about going to Citi Field in 2010?


Anonymous said...

Wilpon vs. Tyson.

That's what I want to see.

-A Season Ticket Holder