Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pacman Lands in LA, All Set for Clottey Bout

Los Angeles – Pound for pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines arrived at the Tom Bradley International Terminal of the Los Angeles International Airport on a rainy Sunday night to begin preparations for his fight against Ghanan challenger Joshua Clottey.

Stepping from the Philippine Airlines (PAL ) flight from Manila, Pacquiao was mobbed by adoring fans who braved the rain just to see a glimpse of the reigning WBO Welterweight champion. He and Clottey would dispute the crown on March 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

Before plunging himself into training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood under the watchful eyes of trainer Freddie Roach, Pacquiao will find himself in a two city press tour to publicize the fight, aptly titled “The Event”. First stop would be Dallas, where on Monday the official announcement for the match would be made. On Tuesday, the Pacman and his entourage will be gracing New York, where Clottey is based, for another date with the press at the Madison Square Garden.

Pacquiao (50W-3L-2D, 38 KO’s), who is coming off a sensational 12th round stoppage of Miguel Cotto last November 14 to wrest the Welterweight crown, is confident that he and his team would come up with the perfect game plan. They would definitely need one against Clottey (35W-3L, 20KO’s), an iron chinned, technically-sound fighter who is naturally bigger. In his last fight in June of last year, also against Miguel Cotto, he took the Puerto Rican to the limit, losing by a disputed split decision which could have gone either way.

Source: twominutenews.com

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