Pacquiao Retains Welterweight Title Against Clottey!Category: Boxing
The Cowboys Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys and the biggest domed stadium in the world will be transformed into a boxing ring to accommodate 45,000 fans eager to see “The Event”.
“The Event” is a boxing event that top bills pound for pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in his first title defense of his WBO welterweight crown against Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey on March 13, 2010.
This bout was merely an afterthought after the negotiations of a possible megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather, Jr. failed. Due to the latter camp’s accusations of performance-enhancing drugs (PED) use by the former, the fight everyone wants to see did not materialize.
Joshua Clottey was immediately brought in to fill the void. Mayweather has also moved on to face “Sugar” Shane Mosley on May 1, 2010.
Filipino Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (50-3-2, 37 KOs) has won titles in a record seven weight divisions from 112 to 147 pounds beating the likes of Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto and is on a 11-fight winning streak.
Meanwhile Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (35-3, 20 KOs) of Ghana is a former IBF welterweight champio. He has beaten the likes of Diego Corrales and Zab Judah. His only losses were to Carlos Baldomir via disqualification, to a plaster-packed Antonio Margarito via unanimous decision and to Miguel Cotto via a controversial split decision.
Although Clottey is coming from a bloody loss via split decision to Miguel Cotto last June 13, 2009, he should not be taken lightly as many felt he should have won that bout. He gave Cotto all he got and even survived a bizarre incident in the 5th Round when he was tackled by Cotto during a clinch which sent him to the ground. Clottey was given a few minutes to recover and despite his hurt knee, he managed to continue.
Pacquiao is probably coming off the biggest win of his Hall of Fame career when he defeated a still in his prime and legitimate welterweight Miguel Cotto. At age 31, he is at the peak of his career and has shown no signs of slowing down. It seems we see a different dimension of him in each fight and he just progresses with age.
As with his fight with larger opponents, Pacquio’s hand speed and footwork will make the difference in this fight. Clottey might be stronger but if he can’t hit Pacquiao, his power will be nullified. Clottey is known for his stifling defense and will try to block everything Pacquiao throws. Then when Pacquiao stops, will launch his own offensive. I’m sure by that time, Pacquiao has already darted out of harm’s way before Clottey can even throw a punch.
If Pacquiao sticks to this plan, then Clottey is in for a frustrating night. He has no chance of winning. Unless of course he uses his potent weapon, a headbutt for which he is quite known for.
My fearless forecast?
I predict a knockout win by Pacquiao in the 10th Round.
UPDATE March 13, 2010: Manny Pacquiao won via unanimous decision 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109.
Here’s the Pacquiao vs Clottey fight video:
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