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Can Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith fight draw 60,000? It’s possible

The final numbers aren’t in yet, but they’re guaranteed to be big.

Record-setting big.

Saturday’s Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith WBO junior middleweight fight is guaranteed to be the biggest boxing event ever at AT&T Stadium, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Thursday.

“Saturday night is going to be a triumph. We’ve already sold more tickets than any fight that we’ve ever had here,” Jones said at the final news conference before the fight at the stadium. “We want it to be all-time. We can’t count them because we don’t know what’s coming.”

The title fight will be the third major boxing event staged at AT&T Stadium.

In 2010, Manny Pacquiao defended his WBO World Welterweight Championship by beating Joshua Clottey in front of a crowd of 50,944. Pacquiao returned in 2012 to beat Antonio Margarito in a WBC Super Welterweight title fight in front of a crowd of 41,734.

With the traditional walk-up sales and increasing buzz on the streets, the fight could draw a crowd in the 60,000 range.

“Fans of boxing will never walk in a place that appreciates them more than AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said, while thanking friend and promoter Oscar De La Hoya. “Let’s make this a great night.”

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