Manny Pacquiao recently failed to negotiate a fight against the former Pound 4 Pound king Floyd Mayweather because of the random blood testing that Mayweather camp wanted both fighters to take. Pacquiao was keen to accept the said test but should not be 12 days before the fight because it might weaken him, and Mayweather’s Camp didn’t accept those excuses, thus it paves way to Joshua Clottey.
Manny Pacquiao, the Fighter of the Year 2009, the Decade Fighter and the winner of the world championship in seven different weight classes, takes on the former world champion from Accra, Ghana on March 13, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium. Pacquiao’s new opponent Joshua Clottey beat Zab Judah of the United States for the IBF Welterweight title in August 2008 and recently lost in a split decision against Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto last June 2009.
Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion Joshua Clottey landed the biggest boxing fight in his career when he meets Manny Pacquiao on March 13, 2010. In 1999, Joshua Clottey was disqualified for frequently butting Argentina’s Carlos Baldomir in the 11th round of a Fight for the International Boxing Council welterweight title at the Wembley Arena in London. Joshua Clottey was docked by two points for butting Baldomir in the 10th and did it again the next round, resulting to his disqualification. Joshua Clottey led on the three Judge’s scorecards, 96-92, 95-93, and 96-92 before his eviction/disqualification.
Joshua Clottey remains confident that he has what it takes to beat Manny Pacquiao. Joshua Clottey even said that he has a lot of things to beat Manny Pacquiao, defense (never been knocked out) and aggressiveness is the key to win the fight said Clottey. Clottey also said the he in not about to underestimate the Filipino champ. I can only view 3 weaknesses of Joshua Clottey, first is Clottey has a tendency to walk into an opponent’s range without throwing punches, making him an easy target for his opponent, another weakness is I can see for Clottey is that he is poor in foot balance, which was evident when he was floored by a Cotto’s left jab in the first round, Clottey got up at the count of two and seemed more embarrassed rather than hurt, and the last weakness if fading in the late going, a psychological more than a conditioning problem.
Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey already begin their training at Wild Card Gym, Los Angeles, CA and in Bronx, N.Y. respectively. Manny Pacquiao looks tremendous in his training while Joshua Clottey has a serious problem from possibly losing his trainer; Trainer Godwin Dzainie Kotey isn’t granted a visa from the American Embassy in Accra, Ghana.
Promoted by Top Rank and in association with Dallas Cowboys, Manny PACQUIAO vs Joshua CLOTTEY – THE EVENT will take place on Saturday, March 13 in Cowboys, Stadium. Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines will be defending the WBO(World Boxing Organization) welterweight title against the former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (35-3, 21KOs) of Accra, Ghana.
Tickets will range from $50 to $700 at ringside and the fight will be televised on pay-per-view by HBO.