Big time boxing has largely been absent in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex since for some years following Manny Pacquiao’s two fights at Cowboy Stadium. Granted, there is still a thriving boxing scene here in the DFW with local promotions such as Paulie Ayala Productions and Standing 8 providing boxing heads with some commendable local fight cards. But by and large the big name promotions and networks have largely avoided North Texas in recent years.
This will all change on Saturday, June 15, when Top Rank Boxing, in conjunction with Foreman Boys Promotions, will bring a legitimate world title fight to Dallas. World featherweight champion Mickey Garcia will defend his title against the ultra-talented and popular Puerto Rican Juan Manuel Lopez at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The fight will be carried live on HBO.
Both fighters were in Dallas at the AAC last week for a special press conference announcing the fight. In addition to the two popular fighters, which should do well to foster the long-held Puerto Rican v. Mexican rivalry, former heavyweight champion George Foreman and Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban were also in attendance.
Tickets for the fight are now on sale.
Cage Authority was on hand as well to capture the excitement, well, as much excitement as can be had at a press conference, and the video highlights are below.