Friday, January 15, 2010

Clottey's big chance for respect

Is it really a wise decision for Joshua Clottey to take a fight against Manny Pacquiao? For the past few months, I've had a few conversations with Clottey about his goals in this sport. Taking on a fighter of Pacquaio's caliber, looks to hinder those goals more than enhance them.

Clottey's goals:

Clottey recently expressed to me, he needed this fight to get back on track. He considers himself as one of the top welterweights out there.. Not to mention, he is intrigued by the big pay day. If anything what he plans to gain from this fight is respect. Taking out Pacquaio means a whole new outlook on his career. Now comes the time for him to capitalize on this opportunity.

March 13:

Clottey will be stepping in the ring after a 9 month lay off facing Manny Pacquaio. The Manny Pacquaio that managed to destroy Miguel Cotto, who Clottey lost to back in June.
Joshua Clottey is confident he can beat Manny Pacquaio. Although Clottey has an array of talent this is a dangerous fight for him.

Pacquaio's key to winning:

As I stated before speed, accuracy, stamina, and strength equals a winning combination and Pacquaio has it all. I have yet to see anyone dodge Pacquaio's blinding combinations. Clottey has a tendency to have difficulty regrouping after being hit. Rest assure Pacquaio will continuously come after Clottey, not allowing him any time to regroup from punches.

Clottey's weakness and strengths:

Clottey is a highly underrated true welterweight. Big and strong with punching power to match. When Clottey is on guard his defense is solid. He holds his hands high and it becomes extremely difficult to hit him. I believe Clottey can take many of Pacquaio's punches. Clottey's main weakness is he becomes complacent during fights and can be inactive when it counts.

My predictions on this fight:

As far as Clottey pulling out a victory, its as likely as the chances of winning the lottery the way Pacquaio has fought lately. It's also unclear how long Clottey's lay off will affect him. I'm remaining optimistic that Clottey will produce a good performance. However if Clottey took Pacquaio's punches can he effectively counter? Of course Clottey has punching power that can inflict damage on any opponent. I don't see him being able to land many against a lightning quick Pacquiao. Pacquaio has a habit of landing a flurry of punches and getting away before an opponent can counter. I can see this fight possibly going to decision with Pacquaio prevailing.


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