Pacquiao, Chavez doubleheader?

Updated: November 5, 2009, 4:56 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys officials have held preliminary discussions with boxing promoter Bob Arum about bringing a fight to new Cowboys Stadium.

Arum said he would like to bring a main-event doubleheader featuring pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao possibly next May to the Cowboys' new $1.2 billion palace.

Arum said possible opponents for Pacquiao include Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez.

A potential co-feature bout would be Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. John Duddy.

Cowboys spokesperson Brett Daniels confirmed that Stephen Jones, the team vice president, spoke to Arum but said nothing has been signed.

In order for a Pacquiao fight to happen in Arlington, he would have to defeat Miguel Cotto next week in Las Vegas. If Cotto wins, Arum said he would like to bring a fight to new Yankees Stadium in June.

Arum promotes both fighers.

Arum said any fight in the new Cowboys Stadium would not take place during the NFL season.

"Everybody has been blown away by that facility," Arum said of the stadium. "The Cowboys have eight to 10 games and they want events there. Jerry has a big investment and, with the video board and the closed roof, it would be a nice event."

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail calvin.watkins@espn3.com.

Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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