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Jerry Jones hears boos at fight weigh-in

Maybe it had to do with the person with whom he was standing, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones heard a spattering of boos as he was presented with a boxing award Friday at the weigh-in for the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito super welterweight fight.

WBC president Jose Sulaiman presented Jones with the WBC Man of the Year trophy prior to the weigh-in at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, where a few boos could be heard.

Sulaiman himself has been a controversial figure for over a decade as the head of the governing body. But Jones might have been booed for his team's poor play, which resulted in the firing of coach Wade Phillips after a 1-7 start.

The Cowboys, who trying to break a five-game losing streak, visit the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Jones has kept a low profile this week after firing Phillips. He was seen at Cowboys practice Wednesday during the media access period before Friday's weigh-in.

"I thought it was better for our club to have the perception that we had our mind on our primary business, and that's the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said. “As much as we're excited about having Manny here with the Margarito fight and the stadium and boxing, I felt that a lower profile would serve that well."

The Cowboys owner and general manager said on his weekly radio show Friday that he was contacted by former coaches asking about Phillips' job status before the coach's dismissal.

Jones said he doesn't want to distract from how Jason Garrett is handling the team and is trying to offer his interim coach support.

"What I don’t want to do is take away anything we're doing over the next couple of days and the next couple of ballgames with the opportunity we have with Jason," Jones said. "It would be wrong to imply that we're sitting here looking at coaches. We've made our moves."