Boxing will do it too us again, but this time it's the U.S. Government's fault.
Sad but true this country has rules that must be followed, especially for immigration. This is no more evident than in the case of Joshua Clottey's coach, Godwin Dzanie Kotey, who will need a P-1 visa to make the trip to Dallas from Ghana as US officials say that the visit is for work.
This type of visa takes 2+ months to get.
The fight is schedule for March 13th. Do the math.
“[Kotey] is the coach I know, he can speak my language to me and make me understand things better. I am disappointed in the US Embassy because now I have to go and do this difficult job with people I don’t know. Now everything is on only me, I have to do it all on my own so I have to be at my best,” says Clottey.
Clottey's assistant trainer, Daniel Clottey, was flatly refused while Kotey has a paper that says his visa is being temporarily withheld and that he will get a call.
Let the chaos begin!
Without the proper staff of corner-men a boxer is used to working with this fight is no longer a valid representation of Clottey's effectiveness nor does it prove Pacquiao can beat Clottey, if that is the end result.
Your corner is your life.
Great corner-men can mean the difference between winning and losing. Fighting all on your own, as Clottey has stated, deprives you of valuable insight into what your opponent is trying to accomplish against you. Not having the right cut-man can end a fight early. Not having the right inspiration and motivation, especially against a great fighter, at the right time almost guarantees failure.
Does this make this fight invalid from a who's better standpoint regardless of who wins/loses? Yes it does.
Without Freddie Roach Pacquiao would just be a "go out there and overpower your opponent" type fighter which wouldn't have won him as many victories as he has now. His convincing victory over Hatton was due to Roach's insight, that Hatton always dropped his hands. That fact, coupled with Manny's power, vaulted Pacquiao to the top of the best P4P fighter list.
Not that nobody else saw it in Hatton, it just took a great trainer to create a great counter to that weakness.
Without your corner, your back-up, your insight, your repair-men, you are not the fighter you usually are. With that said Clottey will not be the fighter he usually is.
Win or lose this will not be the Clottey to base any predictions on neither before or after the fight.
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