Pacquiao to fight Clottey in Dallas

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Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum finalized the deal after talks of a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. fizzled out over Mayweather's demand for a rigorous dope testing procedure.

"I have wanted to bring a major boxing event to North Texas for many years, so why not bring in the biggest and the best?" Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.

"Manny Pacquiao is boxing's number one pound-for-pound attraction and the world champion," Jones added.

The new $1.2 billion stadium will seat 40,000 for the pay-per-view bout and Arum said in a statement he was delighted with the venue.

"Manny Pacquiao is the lone star of boxing," he said, referring to the nickname of the state of Texas.

"There isn't a more appropriate place in the world for him to fight."

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Nick Mulvenney)