Clottey broke camp two weeks ago when he rushed back to the capital of Accra to attend to the visa woes of his long-time trainer Godwin Dzanie Kotey, who was denied a visa renewal by the US Embassy there.
“Joshua’s training hard and everything’s great about his preparation,” Scolpino said Friday from New York, less than six weeks before Pacquiao and Clottey face off at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
While in Ghana, Scolpino said Clottey did not waste time wandering around.
“He trained while he was over there.”
Clottey returned to New York last Tuesday and has since reported for training at the John’s Gym in his new home in the Bronx.
“Joshua’s training hard because he’ll be fighting the best fighter in the world,” said Scolpino, adding that a conditioning coach and a nutritionist will accompany Clottey to a training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this Saturday.
Scolpino politely declined to reveal if Clottey was able to bring in Kotey to the US or is tapping somebody else to call the shots during training.
“Joshua’s coming out with announcement soon,” added Scolpino.
Meanwhile, top orthodontist Ed De La Vega, who customizes Pacquiao’s mouth guard, marveled at the way the Filipino lefty conducted his business during a workout held Wednesday.
“He has not lost a beat,” reported De La Vega from Hollywood. “The speed is amazing and the power is awesome.”
De La Vega noted that Pacquiao sent Freddie Roach’s mitts “flying” and that “I am betting that he (Clottey) will get knocked out for the first time in his career.”