Friday, January 15, 2010

Arum insists Pacquiao's mind is on Clottey

Bob Arum has insisted there is no chance Manny Pacquiao will underestimate March 13 opponent Joshua Clottey when they meet at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas (Pacquiao 2/9 draw 25/1 Clottey 3/1 Fight Prices).

Filipino icon Pacquiao was expected to fight unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr on the same night but a row over random blood testing forced the cancellation of their 2010 super-fight, although Top Rank supremo Arum has suggested it could still happen later this year.

Pacquiao, widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, will now face Bronx-based Clottey (35-3, 20 KOs) of Ghana.

The hard-hitting Clottey is coming off a split-decision defeat by Miguel Cotto last June, a fight that some felt he won, and Arum has insisted Pacquiao will give his opponent the respect he deserves (Pacquiao points win 4/5 Pacquiao v Clottey-WBO Welterweight Title).

"This is a competitive fight, as competitive as the Cotto fight (Pacquiao beat Cotto last November) going in," Arum said.

"We got a tremendous deal at the site. It's a big event and I think we'll do unbelievable."


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