Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pacquiao VS Clottey could be tricky

The March 13th bout between the pound for pound king, Manny Pacquiao and big Joshua Clottey could a tricky one. Everyone knows how fast Manny is, and everyone knows that he's proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he can take down bigger guys. The thing about Joshua Clottey is that he has a rock for a chin, and he is big and strong.

I recently spoke with the chief of officials for the state of Mississippi, Stan Nichols and got his thoughts on the upcoming fight. Nichols, also the president of USA Boxing's Mid South area commented on the upcoming fight, "I think if Joshua Clottey is able to walk through Manny's punching power it could be a long night for Pacquiao. Clottey is a live opponent, one that need not be taken lightly." Nichols talked about Pacquiao's speed advantage, "On the other hand, Pacquiao's speed will provide trouble for Clottey, so this could shape up to be an interesting match."

Joshua Clottey has wins over former 3 time world champion Zab Judah, the late Diego "Chico" Corrales, and he lost a narrow decision to Miguel Cotto. Clottey is strong, and he hits pretty hard. Pacquiao brings his usual speed and his ability to take down bigger opponents to the table.

With all of the recent steroid accusations, and the slander lawsuit launched by Pacquiao at Mayweather, it's nice to finally move forward and look toward a good fight. Promoter Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao should both be commended for taking on such a worthy opponent in Joshua Clottey.

Once again Pacquiao shows why he will go down as a first ballot hall of fame fighter. In agreeing to fight Joshua Clottey he again shows that he is ready and willing to take on all comers. Clottey is no joke, a live opponent, and a guy that knows that beating Manny would forever change his life.

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