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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Roach sees Pacquiao-Clottey fight as being a better fight than Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

Freddie Roach, the trainer of Manny Pacquiao, sees the March 13th match-up between former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey and current WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao as being the better fight for fans compared to a bout between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., which was going to take place on the same date. That fight didn’t happen because Mayweather and Pacquiao couldn’t agree on the random blood testing for the fight. In an article at Fight Hype, Roach says “This is a much better fight for the fans, I think, and for the people…He [Clottey] is the number one contender, he’s completely the opposite of what Mayweather brings to the table.”

You can say that again, Freddie. Mayweather would have likely been huge problems for Pacquiao because of his speed, movement and counter punching ability. In contrast, Clottey is a stationary fighter who covers up much of the time and moves little. I don’t know that I agree with Roach about this being a better fight for boxing fans than the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. It depends on if you’re interested in seeing a mismatch or not.

Mayweather wouldn’t just stand in front of Pacquiao all night long covering up and throwing combinations every once in awhile. Mayweather would be blasting Pacquiao and taking advantage of Pacquiao’s mistakes as he presses the fight. I think it would be interesting to watch how Pacquiao tries to deal with Mayweather’s movement and counter punching.

Pacquiao looked awful in his two fights with Juan Manuel Marquez, taking a lot of shots and appearing to lose both fights in the minds of many boxing fans. I had Marquez winning both of those bouts. Some people think that Pacquiao has gotten better in the past two years since his controversial 12 round split decision over Marquez in 2008. However, Pacquiao looks like the same fighter to me, only bigger.

I don’t think a fight where Pacquiao is drilling a stationary and/or plodding Clottey as more interesting than a fight against Mayweather. That sounds silly. I don’t know how Roach can honestly believe that boxing fans would rather see Pacquiao face someone who either stands in one place with his gloves glued to his head of plods forward at as snail’s pace.

To me, that seems more like the last few opponents that have been matched against Pacquiao. Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto all stood right in front of Pacquiao using very little movement and they were all eaten alive. Cotto did try moving in the 2nd part of his fight with Pacquiao and had some limited success.

But Cotto isn’t a mover and he didn’t do a good job of punching on the move like Mayweather would have done in the same situation. I could see the Pacquiao-Clottey fight being better than a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao if Manny chose to stand right in front of Clottey all night and slug with him.

But Pacquiao will use his in and out movement to beat Clottey. Pacquiao won’t really attack hard until Clottey becomes completely tired out and immobile late in the fight. But I don’t see that as more interesting than Mayweather-Pacquiao. It just seems like Pacquiao’s team have found another stationary fighter for Pacquiao to look good against. I would much prefer to see Mayweather-Pacquiao or at least Pacquiao matched against someone like Marquez or Paul Williams.

By: Daved Lahr

Source: boxingnews24.com


In the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey on March 13, 2010 at the Cowboys Stadium could be the biggest fight Joshua Clottey will be having as he faces the #1 pound for pound boxer in the world.

Clottey is not that quite famous as Pacquiao and according to others one out of five new him. The hardcore fans do know who Joshua Clottey is, but the non involved boxing guy doesn't really know a lot about him.

A victory, although unlikely, over Pacquiao would certainly put Clottey on a larger map. A victory over Manny Pacquiao is a tall order though. Pacquiao's blinding speed, and his cannon punches are sure to be felt on March 13th. Clottey, with a victory, would go to a new level.

Clottey, born in Ghana, and he knows all too well the importance of this fight. He knows that if he can pull off an upset and defeat the great Manny Pacquiao, his life will have forever changed. He is a hard working fighter, he is not a trash talker, he just shows up and fights. You can't ask for a better person to have deserved an opportunity like this.

Pacquiao "vs" Clottey once again matches up power and speed. Pacquiao has proven time and time again that he isn't afraid of the big fellas. It's Clottey's turn now, so we will see what he can do this coming March!

Friday, January 22, 2010


The huge interest Ghana in his upcoming boxing match with Manny Pacquiao on March 13 at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium in Texas.

With an interview at Hardcore Sports Radio, Joshua Clottey said, "he always wanted to fight the best out there. And now he is fighting Manny Pacquiao"

There was a time when the hard hitter from Ghana couldn't get good fights because most fighters in his division were avoiding him. It seems that his hard work over the years is paying off. Now, he gets to encounter with two great welterweight boxers in Cotto and Pacquiao within a span of one year.

Most boxing fans have treated Pacquiao-Clottey encounter as a source of comfort to the failed Pacquiao-Mayweather bout. But for Joshua Clottey, he considers this fight as his biggest in his boxing career.

In a very optimistic voice, Clottey said, "In my country, this fight is big. It hasn't even started yet. The fight is getting bigger and bigger in Ghana.They know that Manny Pacquiao is one of the best fighter in the world and I'm the best fighter in Ghana."

If Clottey will have victory over Pacquiao in March will mean bigger fights and a bigger payday in his future matches.




Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao’s training at the Wild Card Gym has been delayed by another day while challenger Joshua
Clottey’s training which began last week has been disrupted after his trainer was temporarily refused a visa by the US Embassy in Accra, Ghana.

Trainer Freddie Roach who flew back to Los Angeles from New York aboard a private plane along with Pacquiao, Filipino trainer Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez, Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz, lawyer Franklin “Jeng” Gacal and Bulletin boxing writer Nick Giongco told the champion to take a rest after a grueling two-stop press tour which opened at the Dallas Cowboys $1.2 billion stadium on Tuesday followed by the Madison Square Garden event the following day.

Pacquiao was supposed to start training at the Wild Card Gym on Thursday (Friday in Manila) but Roach asked him to take a day’s rest before buckling down to the grueling training regimen he is normally used to.

Clottey appeared to have even bigger problems and was reported heading back to Ghana to resolve the issue of visas for trainer Godwin Nii Dzanie Koet and assistant trainer Daniel Clottey whose US visas had expired last November.

Clottey was to begin intensive training for his March 13 showdown with Pacquiao and his trainer in a conversation with Nathaniel Attoh of Joy News described the snafu as “very frustrating.”. He was quoted as saying “an officer looked into the documents I had with me and he just wrote something that they were going to do their investigation and give me a call. I don’t know what investigations they want to carry out.” Daniel Clottey, on the other hand, was reportedly flatly refused a visa.

The trainer had planned to leave Ghana for the US on Saturday but the failure to obtain a visa has left him confused.

Kotey told Prince Dornu-Leiku of East Side Boxing “we are very disappointed because we need to train now. Joshua is all alone in the US and even if he is training, there is no supervision.”

He said “you need time to prepare in boxing. Even the day Joshua was tapped was already too short for a fight of such magnitude. He needs at least four months to prepare for a big fight like this.”

Where Are You Clottey’s trainer?

According to the reports, Joshua Clottey’s trainer, Godwin Nii Czanie Kotey and Daniel Clottey his assistant trainer, have been denied a visa by the United States Embassy in Accra.“An officer looked into the documents that I had with me and he just wrote something that they [were] going to do their investigations…and give me a call. As matter of fact, I don’t know what investigations they want to carry out,” Kotey said to Nathaniel Attoh Joy of Sports

Clottey himself is expected to return to Ghana to try to resolve the problem and speed up whatever investigation are necessary.

The time is running out and he only got 7 weeks to train for the mega fight

This would be a huge problem if it will not be resolved soon.

Good Luck Joshua Clottey. . .

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey went for a friendly press conference yesterday, January 19, 2010 at the cowboys stadium for their upcoming fight on March 13, 2010
The Stadium owner, Jerry Jones, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, trainer Freddie Roach, and the two welterweight fighters were Surrounded by the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders for their promotional press conference inside the new $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium.

Top Rank announced that Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey will be featured on HBO Pay-Per-View (PPV).

“I would like to thank God for giving me good health every day. I'd like to thank Jerry Jones . . . It's my first time to come here. I like the introduction, it's amazing . . . I feel like a football player. Please come on March 13th. It's going to be a good fight with Clottey . . . . We will do our best to give a good fight.” Many Pacquiao Stated.

“First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Jerry Jones for giving me this opportunity fight . . . I've never seen a stadium like this before . . . . and I would like to thank Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach for this wonderful opportunity that they have given me. I can't thank Manny Pacquiao enough. He is the best guy. This fight will be a hell of a fight.” Joshua Clottey stated:

Pacquiao was Clottey’s favorite fighter as what he had stated in an interview and also he thanked the Filipino fighter for the opportunity to appear in a big fight.

The stadium is set up to hold 45,000 seats for the bout. Last year in June at New York, Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao watched at ringside as Miguel Cotto fights Joshua Clottey and Clottey lost a close decision.

Jerry Jones the Texas billionaire and the owner of the stadium was excited to have an athlete like Manny Pacquiao who will performing in his new stadium, which has a crowd capacity of over a 100,000. .
The former U.S. President George W. Bush indicated that he will attend the March 13 fight, barring any conflicts in his schedule. Jones said in an interview on ESPN that stadium is capable of hosting any type of event, be it basketball, football, or boxing.
As what had been reported the Cowboys owner is purchasing 30,000 tickets for the fight, guaranteeing a sizeable gate for the bout. Texas has a large people of Spanish descent with several metropolitan cities which may drive a sell-out crowd. Dallas could be traveled from Austin, San Antonio, and Houston within only and also fight fans can come from Mexico, New Orleans, Oklahoma, and New Mexico for the WBO welterweight championship.

Texas' economy has remained strong despite the reset U.S. economy and with this fight may find willing fans that can afford the $50 to $700 price points per ticket.

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