Former champion Joshua Clottey will try to wear down WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Texas. Pacquiao's stamina is one of his biggest advantages over opponents. Clottey has figured out a strategy to stop it. He put together a plan to make Pacquiao punch himself out.
"We all know Manny Pacquiao. When he comes, he starts throwing. I'm just ready. My body can take it. When he throws on me, I will block him and that will confuse him. He'll throw 30, and I'll throw four. The four will connect. The 30, I'll block most. I will wear him down. For sure," Clottey told Reuters.
If that strategy doesn't work until the very end, Clottey will have his back against the wall. He will end up losing most of the rounds, and the fight, unless he knocks Pacquiao out.
Clottey's manager Vinnie Scolpino said his fighter wants to shut the mouth of Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach. Roach has predicted a knockout win for his fighter. Clottey wants to teach him a lesson.
"He wants to beat (Pacquiao's trainer) Freddie Roach. That's his motivation," Scolpino said. "He wants to put him in his place. He beats Pacquiao, he puts Freddie in his place, too. Roach says he (Pacquiao) is going to knock him out.