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Sunday, February 28, 2010

From inside Clottey’s camp in Florida, John David Jackson analyzes Pacquiao-Clottey

John David Jackson has been involved in the boxing game his entire life. As a professional boxer he was a two time world champion and as a trainer he has worked with some of the biggest names in boxing. He trained Shane Mosley for a short stint in 2005 and 2006 and along with Nazim Richardson, is an intricute part of Team Hopkins. He also trains 140 pound contender Nate Campbell as well as 168 pound contender, Allan Green, who just recently took Jermaine Taylor’s place in Showtime’s Super-Six Tournament.

Ever since John David Jackson said that Manny Pacquiao doesn’t fight African-Americans, Pacquiao fans have considered him to be one of the sport’s Pacquiao haters right alongside the Mayweathers and associates of Golden Boy Promotions. As luck would have it, Joshua Clottey is down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida training at Jackson’s gym, the Action Jackson Boxing Academy.

In an interview with the Examiner.com Jackson talked about the March 13 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey and gave his in insight on the bout and commented, “Clottey is down in my gym training. They moved camp down to Fort Lauderdale so they are down in my gym. It’s the first time that I’ve had a chance to look at this kid. The kid has a shot. He just needs the right-fight plan and then he needs to execute it. He’s strong and he’s durable. He has the right style to beat Pacquiao. He has to go to the body and attack the body and he can’t wait for Pacquiao because Pacquiao will definitely land those bombs on him. It’s an interesting fight. To me it’s not so much what Pacquiao does, but what Clottey does. He has to apply the pressure, constant pressure, three minutes of the round. Clottey has to be the aggressor, but it has to be affective aggression. He can’t go in there and try to knock Pacquiao out. I think Clottey has to be smart, keep those hands up, move that head side to side and break him down at the body. Pacquiao cannot do two things. He can’t fight off the ropes and he cannot fight on the inside. Those are the two things he has to do to offset Pacquiao. Looking at the kid, he’s definitely durable and he’s definitely tough so he has a shot, but it depends what type of fight he brings to the table.”

Author: Brent Alderson

Source: examiner.com

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