This was a fight all about the hype—arguably the best showman boxing has to offer Manny Pacquiao , in Jerry’s world (Cowboys Stadium) which means Cowboy cheerleaders and the new Cowboy cage dancers.
The hype worked as 51,000 packed the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas and am still waiting for the PPV numbers which I believe will be impressive.
Going into the fight the one factor that much of the media gravitated towards was the fact that Joshua Clottey was a larger fighter. Too bad Clottey is a defensive fighter (one of the announcers called it “tortoise-shell”), which negated his size advantage.
Pacquiao , brilliant as ever, scored a decisive unanimous decision victory over Clottey to retain his WBO welterweight title, but Clottey was a pure disappointment as he deprived fight fans of an exciting show because of his being too cautious and his clamshell defense all throughout the 12-round skirmish.
I love boxing always have, but for some reason the current fighters seem to be annoyingly boring, while the sport has always been about the money fighters at least use to pretend that were interested in knocking each other out.
I strongly believe that if we ever see a Mayweather vs Pacquiao the same trash will be delivered as we all know Mayweather loves he’s defense and Pacquiao would be afraid of getting knocked out and will put up a defensive stands too.
This wasn’t much of a fight as Clottey covered up in the defensive while Manny unleashed an onslaught of punches (approximately 1,231) for 12 rounds. Pacquaio won via unanimous decision as the three judges scored it 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109.
Clottey only won one round and from watching the fight I have no clue which round that was as Pacquiao landed punch after punch for the entire fight while Clottey stood there and just tried to block. Mounting a counter-offensive didn’t seem in his best interests, although, I’m sure he’s certainly happy with the paycheck ($1 million).
It’s amazing how much money Clottey earned just to have the best seat in the house, the commentators including chatty Max Kellerman were at a loss for words for parts of the fight which I think ultimately led to this Lampley meltdown he actually screamed BANG BANG BANG 16 times in a little under 25 seconds with every BANG representing a punch that was thrown by Pacquiao and landed on the tortoise in the eighth round (see video below).
It’s definitely a moment he’d rather forget, but thanks to the Internet may be his calling card for years to come.
HBO’s boxing announcing crew is lightyears ahead of any announcing crew in MMA . Sorry Goldie and Rogan but these guys are really, really good with their play-by-play and immediate analysis. That being said, it would’ve been nice if they were more critical of the disgraceful performance Clottey displayed out there.