So, Manny Pacquiao Mugged Josh Clottey...Wasn't That the Plan?

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIMarch 15, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines throws a right to the body of Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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So, Manny Pacquiao mugged Josh Clottey. Is there anything new to say about that fight?

Pacquiao was supposed to win, many people predicted a knockout. Here is my real question.

Why doesn’t Pacquiao fight the best in the business? No, I am not referring to Money Mayweather, though he would be a most viable candidate. I don’t think I could sit through another pissing contest concerning negotiations between those two.

Let us take a look at some “would be” contenders for a mega fight.

Andre Berto would be a good fight. Please don’t everybody start crying about how Berto is too big to be a welterweight. Berto certainly has the credentials to warrant a big-time deal. He had a big deal signed with Shane Mosley until the earthquake in Haiti claimed members of his family.

I had predicted that he would beat Mosley. I think his hand speed is enough to make him a very attractive opponent for Pacman. He is undefeated and has 19 KOs in 25 fights.

If you think there is not enough competition in the 147 class maybe he could fight Yuri Foreman in a Light Middleweight or catch-weight fight. I would prefer him to fight Paul Williams but he is understandably afraid of that fight.

Foreman could be a good test for Manny, especially if he could handle a few more pounds. Foreman holds the WBA Light Middleweight title which he won over Daniel Santos in November. Santos had gained 17 pounds from weigh-in to fight time and gloved up at two pounds short of the Light Heavyweight limit.

Even with the extra weight, Foreman, who is not known for power, decked him in the second and 12th rounds. Yuri is another one of the seemingly many undefeated young fighters today. He has eight knockouts in his perfect 28 bouts.

Kermit Cintron is another who I feel could give him a run for his money.

On the other hand, he could drop a few pounds and fight Timothy Bradley, another undefeated, power-lacking youngster.

Some people would like to see a rubber match with Juan Manuel Marquez , though that will probably never happen. Marquez did come up to 142 to get beaten up by Pretty Boy, but I doubt if Pacman will go down in weight at this point.

So Manny, fight a real honest to God contender. Too many fights are not even worthy of PPV, the Pacquiao-Clottey being the latest. That thing should have been shown by CBS on a Sunday afternoon with Tim Ryan and Sean O’Grady calling it.

Caesar Cliffius wants to see a real fight, not a made-up packaged, city-to-city tour promoting it. Can’t Bob Arum and his thugs come up with a decent matchup comparable with what I have just brought to your attention? Or is it too easy just to cash the big checks and proclaim to be the best without proof?

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