Saturday, February 6, 2010

Clottey plan ‘will mirror’ De La Hoya fall

TRAINER FREDDIE ROACH says Manny Pacquiao's March 13 match against former world champion Joshua Clottey will bring back memories of the pound-for-pound king’s biggest fight to date.

“It’s going to be very similar (strategy-wise) to the Oscar De La Hoya fight,” Roach told the popular ring website Boxing Fanhouse.

Pacquiao destroyed De La Hoya in eight rounds, forcing the Golden Boy to retirement with a systematic beating made possible by a fight plan anchored on movement—a lot of it.

“Clottey’s accurate if you stand in front of him,” Roach said. “But we’re going to be in and out and side to side and use our angles on him. He’s not going to be able to catch us.”

There were concerns that Pacquiao will have his hands full against the powerful New York-based Ghanaian. And with the bout to be fought at the 147-pound welterweight limit, several observers have noted that Clottey will be the stronger man in the ring.

“I don’t think that that will be the case,” Roach said. “I think when the fight time comes off, Manny will be the bigger, stronger guy because he has the bigger heart.”
Roach has said Pacquiao will knock Clottey out in the late rounds of the fight.

“[Clottey has] a good chin, and he takes a good shot,” Roach explained. “But he ... makes too many mistakes. Pacquiao will be the first person to knock Clottey out.”


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