In the aftermath of the Pacquiao-Clottey fight and what turned out to be a contender for fight of the year (insert sarcasm here), what exactly did we learn and what can we use towards a future Pacquiao-Mayweather or Pacquiao-Mosley matchup?
We learned that Manny Pacquiao seems to be the only fighter in the world that comes to the ring with a smile. Everyone else seems to come to the ring with a tear-your-head-off scowl. I tend to like Manny's way better. Imagine facing off in the middle of the ring, you look pissed off and your opponent is smiling at you like he's in there and he's going to have fun kicking your ass. That seems a little more intimidating that mugging at your guy.
We learned that Pacquiao can still get his licks in despite how tight a defense a guy has. With Clottey's long forearms, his defensive stance is near perfection, and Manny was still able to tag him often to the ribs. Maybe it was because he was just the busier fighter, shooting off an astounding 1261 punches through the 12 rounds. That doesn't bode well for Mayweather, who has a solid defense as well.
However, Manny kept pressing Clottey to trade, which he wouldn't. Floyd would trade with Manny, that's for sure, but given this fight, that may not be the best idea. Manny is really fast and apparently likes to trade blows.
We learned just how good a combination puncher Manny Pacquiao is. Every angle, any angle, punches in bunches. It's almost like he wills his opponents to realize that they can't match up. With Mayweather...well...we'll see when we see.
We also learned that Manny not only likes the entertainment business in the Philippines, he also likes to emulate action heroes. In about the minute and a half mark in round four, Manny threw what looked to be a double-punch—a left hook and a right hook to the head simultaneously, a punch the legendary Filipino action star, Fernando Poe Jr., threw in many of his films.
We learned that while Clottey fought his fight—blocking punches before he counters—he was just a little too overwhelmed with the number of punches Manny Pacquiao threw. In the end, he just couldn't overcome the quantity.
While this fight was uneventful, it does tell us that Manny can take on a defensive-minded fighter like Floyd Mayweather Jr. Manny fought a smart fight, stepping around the opponent's strong defense, staying off the ropes, and keeping his activity level up, thus overwhelming his opponent.
Next up is Mayweather and Moseley. Let's see what they can bring, and hopefully we have our dream match near the end of the year. BANG!