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Monday, January 11, 2010


By Stephen Edwards

Boxingtalk: We are speaking with Vincent Scolpino, who manages Joshua Clottey, the next opponent for Manny Pacquiao. How do you feel about landing the Pacquiao fight?

Vincent Scolpino: "It's a great opportunity for Josh against the best fighter in the world and he's going to do what he has to do."

BT: Have you had a chance to check out the Cowboys Stadium (in Dallas, Texas) where the fight will be taking place?

VS: "It's beautiful. I had a chance to visit it three months ago and having a fight like this at an outdoor stadium is a good look for boxing."

BT: The fight is scheduled for March 13th and Joshua is the naturally bigger guy. Do you think he will have enough time to train properly? And do you have a specific camp set up or will it be in New York?

VS: "Josh is always in shape. He lives a clean life. He plays a lot of soccer so that shouldn't be a problem. We're going to meet up and figure out a place to train because the weather is bad in New York."

BT: Are you surprised that Pacquiao's people picked such a tough guy like Clottey?

VS: "I don't think Manny would run from anybody. We knew we were in the mix once things fell through with Floyd Mayweather, so I'm not that surprised because I believe Manny is a true champion."

BT: Do you think Josh is getting the chance to overcome some the misfortunes he's had with three losses?

VS: "Yes. This is a great opportunity that Top Rank has given us. Now it's up to Josh to do what he has to do in the ring."

BT: What do you think of Pacquiao as a fighter?

VS: "He's one of the best fighters ever. He throws his hands and that's all you could ask for from a guy. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him."

BT: With his performances being so spectacular as he has moved up in weight, will you require additional testing or will the Texas Commission standards satisfy you?

VS: "Whatever rules apply in the state are what we will abide by. Hopefully everybody will be professional in the situation and we won't have anything to worry about."


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