Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pacquiao-Clottey press conference

Earlier today the final press conference for the March 13th Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey bout took place in Arlington, Texas. Las Vegas based photographer Chris Farina was able to capture some of the action while also taking time to note that this has been one of the busiest fight weeks that he has been a part of. The buzz in Dallas definitely seems to be building and the two fighters seem to be extremely respectful of each other just days away from this potentially great contest.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke of the great respect he has for both fighters as well as his relationship with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. Jones was disappointed to not have landed the potential Pacquiao-Mayweather bout but reportedly came with a huge offer to land Pacquiao-Clottey, one that Arum couldn’t resist. Jones went on to further state the magnitude of the event and pointed how the Stadium’s huge overhead jumbo-tron screen will give everyone a great look at the action.

With Clottey was his head trainer for this bout, Lenny DeJesus, as well as his manager Vinny Scolpino, who noted that ‘Clottey will show you a fight this Saturday night and will bring home the belt. That's what he's here to do’. Moments later DeJesus, a man of very little words, approached the stage and claimed he is hoping for the bout to be ‘quick and easy’.

Freddie Roach approached the dais and claimed that he was excited to be fighting at Cowboys Stadium. The Massachusetts native went on to state that Pacquiao had a great training camp and that he has never seen his fighter better. In an obvious sign of respect the trainer thanked Clottey and wished him luck.

Later Joshua Clottey was introduced as the crowd began clapping and chanting his name. Clottey noted that he trained hard and wanted to see if Pacquiao ‘can let me feel his punches’. Clottey went to state that no matter what happens in the ring he will always respect Manny. Before exiting Clottey wished luck to both Pacquiao and himself.

Arum mentioned how it was the ‘trash-talking’ guy that is killing the sport and seemed to commend both fighters for their obvious respect towards one another. Arum went on to talk about Manny Pacquiao and the hardships he had to overcome before introducing him on stage. Arum also seemed to have fun joking about Pacquiao’s upcoming run in politics, calling him ‘The Congressman’ Manny Pacquiao.

Sporting his custom, bright red Nike jacket and infamous hat, Pacquiao approached the stage. Manny mentioned that he loves that there is no trash talking between the two fighters, an obvious positive influence to all aspiring young boxers. Cutting to the chase, Pacquiao noted 'This is not about acting too much and goal is how we can give a good fight and good show’. Before exiting Pacquiao predicted that both fighters trained hard and that he simply wanted to give a good fight and not disappoint the fans.

Following the press conference both fighters posed for the camera as the media began taking several pictures of them. The bout is now just three days away and the boxing world is definitely starting to get excited for the contest.


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