Sunday, January 24, 2010

P4P king Pacquiao told to get serious for Clottey

Bob Arum has said there is no risk of Manny Pacquiao not taking March 13 opponent Joshua Clottey seriously (Pacquiao 2/9 draw 25/1 Clottey 3/1 fight prices).

Filipino icon Pacquiao, regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, was expected to put his credentials on the line in a show-stopper against unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr on the same night.

A row over random drugs testing forced the fight to be shelved, although Arum, Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, have intimated the bout will be resurrected in 2010.

Five-weight, five-time world champion Pacquiao (4/5 points win Pacquiao v Clottey-WBO Welterweight Title) will now take on Ghana's New York-based Clottey, who beat Zab Judah for the IBF welterweight title in August 2008, at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

The 32-year-old lost a split decision to Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto last June and has a 35-3-0 record, with 20 wins by knockouts.

"He's a real strong, aggressive and hard punching African and he poses a real test for Manny," said Top Rank supremo Arum.


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