Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pacquiao, Clottey Clash In Dallas On March 13

The Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, would be the venue for the Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey world welterweight championship fight taking place on Saturday March 13 and broadcast live on pay-per-view.

Pacquiao vs Clottey will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Dallas Cowboys and MP Promotions.

Pacquiao and Clottey boast a combine record of (85-6-2, 59 KOs) — a winning percentage of 91% and a victory by knockout ratio of nearly 70%.

“I have wanted to bring a major boxing event to North Texas for many years, so why not bring in the biggest and the best?” said one of the promoters.

“Manny Pacquiao is boxing's No. 1 pound for pound attraction and the world champion.

Manny defending his title against Joshua Clottey is not just a great fight, it's a great event, and one we can showcase to the fullest in Cowboys Stadium. We're going to promote this like it was the Super Bowl.”

Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, will be defending the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title he earned in his last fight, produced by a 12th round knockout of three-time world champion Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao's victory made him the first man to win seven titles in as many different weight divisions, with his last three world championships coming by way of knockout.

The consensus Fighter of the Year for the third time in the past four years, Pacquiao's resume features victories over future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Lopez and Cotto.

His knockout victories over Cotto and Hatton made him the 2009 pay-per-view king, exceeding two million buys combined.

Clottey (35-3, 21 KOs), a native of Accra, Ghana, now fighting out of Bronx, NY, captured the International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight title in 2008 by trouncing three-time world champion Zab Judah.

His career has been a highlight reel of thrills featuring victories over two-division world champion Diego Corrales and undefeated contender Richard Gutierrez and a close decision loss to world champion Antonio Margarito.

In his last fight Clottey lost a controversial split decision to defending WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden.

Clottey is currently world-rated No. 1 by the WBO and No. 4 by the World Boxing Association (WBA).


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