Friday, February 5, 2010

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Joshua Clottey Preview

Pacquiao Vs. Clottey Adds Little Excitement to Welterweight Scene

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather... that just sizzles on your tongue when you say it! Er... at least it did, a very long two months ago, until some stubborn fools refused to stop pissing in the wind long enough to sign their names on the back of a few $50 million checks. What we're left with for now is Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey on March 13, in a welterweight title fight with Pacquiao's WBO Welterweight Championship on the line.

Pacquiao vs. Clottey Preview

Jim Lampley still said it best years ago, "Manny Pacquiao... IS A STORM!" He's not just some passing buy-an-extra-gallon-of-milk-tropical-storm either, he's a full blown Category 5, only growing in ferocity since ascending the weight classes all the way to welterweight. Truthfully, Manny Pacquiao is a storm that is going to blow the doors off Joshua Clottey's house.

It's not that Joshua Clottey is a bad opponent... he's a fringe top 5 fighter in a stacked welterweight division. It's that Joshua Clottey, whether justly or not, has gained the reputation of being a fighter who can do just enough in the ring to complain about losing a close fight. In other words, he finds a way to forego winning bouts even when it seems he may have, and perhaps should have, been able to.

He let a bloodied Miguel Cotto exert his own championship heart to win the day last June, content to merely ask the referee for more help and moan about the judging afterward. He let a strong early showing slip away against Antonio Margarito in December 2006, although hand injuries were at least partially the culprit.

Pacquiao vs. Clottey Prediction

There will be no early lead to give away against Manny Pacquiao of course. Clottey's best asset in this fight is sheer size. The welterweight (147 lbs) fighter routinely shows up on fight night as a full middleweight, weighing some 160 lbs. His high guard shell defense will offer no respite from Pacquiao's aggression and work rate, although it may allow him to see the final bell. Pacquiao by gaping Unanimous Decision.


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