Boxing

Manny Pacquiao Shows He's a Warrior By Taking on Joshua Clottey

NEW YORK - JUNE 13:  Joshua Clottey stands in the corner against Miguel Cotto during their WBO Welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden  on June 13, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Joe OneillCorrespondent IIJanuary 9, 2010

Are you kidding me? Are you pulling my frigging leg?

Joshua Clottey?

I thought Manny, banking on his name, might take a fight against one of the Contender fighters (Sergio Mora, Peter Manfredo, Jesse Brinkley...) just to take it easy. Train for a little bit, hype the fight, then pick up 10 or 12 million.

No, he chooses a fighter who is, by all estimations, extremely dangerous.

This is going to be one heck of a fight.

Clottey is a seasoned pro with a professional record of 35-3.

But that doesn't tell the entire story.

He's fought the likes of Zab Judah, Miguel Cotto, Diego Corrales, Carlos Baldomir, and Antonio Margarito.

I've got news for you.

He wasn't dominated in any of those fights. In fact, I thought he won the Cotto fight.

In other words, the guy has stepped in the ring, and beaten, some of the best fighters in the world.

Wow!

I'll give Manny credit, he definitely doesn't duck anyone.

Clottey is a big, physical fighter who can swat and can take a punch.

And, he's going to be motivated for the fight of his life. At 32, he's got a couple years left in him. Undoubtedly, he's looking to score a couple of big pay days.

This is going to be a damn good fight.

It also puts the ball squarely in Floyd Mayweather's opponent to choose a worthy opponent. No more throwing out names like "Matthew Hatton."

If Floyd Mayweather Jr. chooses Paul Williams as his next opponent, I'll be more than impressed.

I'll be flaggergasted.

That would make for a great fight. And, it would one-up Manny's choice.

My prediction on this fight is that Manny will win, but it won't be easy. I think it will be a lot harder than the Cotto fight. Perhaps a TKO in the 10th or 11th round.

And, I've got to wonder about Manny's psyche after this blood-testing fiasco.

Will his mentality be that he's out to prove everyone wrong? Or, will he come out a tentative fighter?

At any rate, I'll be tuning in.

If only it wasn't going to be at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. No way I'll fly out to Texas for a fight. What am I supposed to do before and after the fight?

Eat at Sizzler?

Oh well, PPV isn't bad and I've got my new Plasma TV all warmed up.

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