Boxing: Joshua Clottey Presents Difficult Challenge for Manny Pacquiao

Greg RiotAnalyst IMarch 3, 2010

When Ghanaian-born boxer Joshua Clottey takes on Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight championship of the world on March 13, he more than an opportunity to upset one of the sport's all-time greats and recapture the world title.

He has the chance to screw everything up.

While the Clottey—Pacquiao showdown will most certainly be a spectacle, as it is being held in the state—of—the—art Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the sports betting public's eyes the bout is a precursor to an eventual showdown between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. In many ways, the boxing odds reflect this, with Clottey entering the tilt as a tremendous underdog on the BetUS sportsbook.

However, Clottey presents a much more difficult challenge for Pacquiao than anyone Manny has ever faced. In his two signature victories over Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto, “Pacman” didn't exactly have much to figure out. Both Hatton and Cotto are known aggressors, who plod forward and press the action. On top of that, neither man has a particularly strong defensive guard to aid them as they walk into the red zone.

Fight Odds provided by
Manny Pacquiao 650
Joshua Clottey +425

Welterweight 12 rounds— Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

For a sharpshooter like Pacquiao, who throws punches accurately and from many angles, Cotto and Hatton were not difficult puzzles to solve.

Clottey is a much different and more complicated animal than either of Pacquiao's last two challengers, however. In fact, boxing betting experts consider Clottey to be one of the most awkward and complicated fighters in the sport.

There truly is no fighter in the sport who can claim to have a style similar to Clottey's, which right off the hop makes Pacquiao's training camp difficult. Who can he spar with to simulate his upcoming opponent?

In Clottey, Pacquiao will have to contend with a nearly impermeable peek—a—boo defense, which prevents the Ghanaian from getting hit flush very often. Pacquiao's opportunities will come when Clottey throws punches, but they, too, will be a concern. Clottey does not box in any sort of rhythm or jab frequently, but loves to throw left hooks, which can be very dangerous for a southpaw such as the champion.

So while the fight odds may be widening by the day as the mega fight looms, one may want to consider taking a shot with the underdog Joshua Clottey on March 13th.

It just might be time to hold off on future bets for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao as well!