Friday, January 15, 2010

Clottey vows: I’ll fight Pacquiao to the last

CEBU CITY—What Manny Pacquiao wants in a fight he’ll get from Joshua Clottey.

The muscular Ghanaian has vowed not to run, saying he’ll bring the fight to the Filipino pound-for-pound superstar from the opening bell.

“I will follow him; I will come forward in the fight,” the 33-year-old Clottey told James Slater of on Wednesday.

Grateful for the fight opportunity given him by Pacquiao and Top Rank Promotions, Clottey said he wants to return the favor by promising a hell of a fight for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout on March 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“I want Manny Pacquiao to know that he picked a guy who will give him all that he wants,” Clottey also told Lem Satterfield of Boxing Fanhouse in another interview. “I’m going to fight until the last bell.”

In his last fight, Pacquiao was left pursuing a backpedalling Miguel Cotto in the last few rounds, eventually stopping the Puerto Rican in the 12th. Cotto came into the fight at a catch weight of 145 pounds after salvaging a close decision over Clottey.

Clottey is over two inches taller than Pacquiao at nearly 5-foot-9 and is expected to tip the scales at around 160 lb on fight night. It would make him the biggest man the General Santos lefty has ever faced in the ring.

After vacationing with his family on Samal Island, Pacquiao plans to leave for Los Angeles on Sunday, according to boxing promoter and trusted confidante Rex “Wakee” Salud.

Pacquiao will be accompanied by trainer Nonoy Neri, lawyer Jing Gacal and adviser Michael Koncz.

Top Rank honcho Bob Arum has scheduled a kickoff press conference for the bout at the Cowboys Stadium on Jan. 19.


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