Saturday, January 16, 2010

Should Pacquiao retire after the Clottey bout?

By Dave Lahr: World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will be facing a tough test on March 13th against former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey. There are those people who think this is going to be an easy fight, but I’m not one of them. Pacquiao is going to get hit more times in this fight perhaps than he ever has been during his career. The reason is because Clottey, with his steel chin, won’t be going anywhere when Pacquiao starts tagging him.

And unlike Pacquiao’s recent opponents Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto, Clottey won’t be folding early and being stopped. Clottey will keep firing shots back at Pacquiao and hitting him a lot harder than he’s been hit in some time. Cotto didn’t land very much against Pacquiao after the first four rounds.

After Cotto got knocked down twice, he was almost entirely on the defensive until getting stopped in the 12th. Clottey won’t get knocked down. And will keep on top of Pacquiao, hammering him with big shots and not giving him a break. I think Pacquiao should call it a day after this fight. There’s no point in trying to fight Floyd Mayweather or the winner of the Shane Mosley vs. Andre Berto fight.

All those fights will do is invite more punishment for Pacquiao. He doesn’t need that. I could see Pacquiao moving down in weight and trying to clean up the light welterweight division, which would be a lot safer than taking on tough welterweights like Clottey, Berto or Mosley. Those fights are just too potentially damaging for Pacquiao, and I’d hate to see him get hit too much and possibly end up hurt from their big shots.

My advice would be for Pacquiao to take his winnings after the Clottey fight and call it a day. I wouldn’t fight Mayweather if I was Pacquiao. There’s too much danger and risk and it would be a tragedy if Pacquiao ended up getting hurt in the ring against Mayweather.


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