Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Clottey says touted Pacquiao is beatable

The last 10 fighters who climbed the ring against Manny Pacquiao wound up on the losing end, including big guys Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto who suffered humiliating TKO losses.

But no, sir, this does not necessarily mean Pacquiao is invincible, if you ask his next rival, Joshua Clottey of Ghana. Not if you're good at defending yourself.

“Well, see he (Pacquiao) is beatable," Clottey said in an interview with BoxingScene.Com.“He has beaten all those guys out there so you would think he is unbeatable. But …those guys aren’t the best defensive fighters."

Clottey will be vying for the Filipino pound-for-pound king’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title on March 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

The two fighters attended a Super Bowl-style press conference at the $1.2 billion venue Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to formally announce the fight card billed “The Event."

The Ghanaian had previously attempted to win the same belt in June 2009, but yielded a close split decision to then champion Cotto. The Boricuan bomber later surrendered the strap to the Pacman.

The 32-year-old Clottey, however, expressed belief he won’t suffer the same fate as Cotto and other Pacquiao victims.

“It’s going to be a different story when he and I fight versus what happened to those other guys because I have my defense there. The only thing I need to work on is punching him after he punches and placing my shots," he said.

Clottey, though, admitted that Pacquiao’s reputable punching power would be a concern.

“I am not thinking that Pacquiao can’t hurt me. In boxing…a punch in the right place can send a guy down. I respect Pacquiao in the ring and I will be careful," he said.

The Clottey bout replaced the hoped-for superfight between Pacquiao and another boxing superstar, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., which fell apart due to disagreement over dope testing procedures. - GMANews.TV


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