Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pacquiao and Clottey Face Off in Dallas

Photo by Chris Farina / Top Rank
Earlier today in Arlington, Texas, junior welterweight champ and pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao met up Joshua Clottey to kick off their press tour for the March 13 showdown in Dallas. Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) will be defending his WBO title in what may prove to be a very difficult fight.

After negotiations for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. fell through, Top Rank's Bob Arum was quick to find another opponent and soon found one in the former IBF welterweight titlist. Additionally, with Jerry Jones being taken out of the running of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in favor of the MGM Grand, the Dallas Cowboys owner got another shot at hosting a boxing card featuring the Pacman when this one got signed.

"When you're talking about the best fighter in the world in Manny Pacquiao and a rival of the quality of Clottey, this is more than just a fight, it's a true event," said an elated Jones.

At 35-3, with 20 KOs, Clottey presents a formidable challenge for the eight-division champ. Having only lost narrow decisions to Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto, including a DQ loss to Carlos Baldomir, Clottey has more than held up his own at welterweight and should give Pacquiao a solid test.

The two will now head to New York
for another press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

HBO will televise the event on PPV.


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