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Pacquiao vs Clottey
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Thu, 11 Mar 2010

“Fighter of the Decade” and pound-for-pound superstar Manny Pacquiao is so eager to get on with his WBC title defense against former champion Joshua Clottey at the fabulous Dallas Cowboys $1.2 billion state-of-the-art stadium that adviser Michael Koncz says “too bad the fight is not today.”

Pacquiao and some 40,000 fight fans who are expected to kick-start Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ stadium into the mainstream of big-time boxing and what Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes will become the “Mecca of boxing in this century will have to wait until Sunday, Manila Time, to get “The Event” underway.

Koncz who appeared to feel a little more relaxed after attending to the needs of Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee and the room assignments of an entourage of some 160 people who were ferried aboard a specially chartered “Air Pacquiao” jet from Los Angeles to Dallas told us that “everything is going fabulous. Manny had a media workout where there was an overwhelming turnout and the final press conference was great.”

He said Pacquiao “is in fine shape and Freddie (Roach) had to pull him back in training but he went jogging and is looking really good.” Koncz said Pacquiao is “enjoying himself in Texas and the people are very hospitable.

However, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has shown a little concern over whether Clottey, the big, strong challenger from Ghana will be as hospitable in the ring as he is friendly and respectful outside.

Although he is confident they have studied Clottey and know how to capitalize on his flaws Roach is concerned about the Ghana fighter’s penchant to use his head when he fights on the inside.

Roach noted that “sometimes he (Clottey) uses his head and if you fall into the pocket with him, his best punch is an uppercut and his second best punch is a head-butt.”

To Roach there’s an obvious answer.”We are going to fight him at a distance and not stand in front of him” he says, pointing out that “if you stand in front of him you’re an idiot. We are not going to do that. He’s not going to be able to find us.”

Conditioning guru Alex Ariza said earlier that Pacquiao’s bothersome left leg had healed completely and there was no cause for concern which means that the Pacquiao will use his incredible speed, quick in and out and lateral movements to the full and pepper Clottey with punches from all angles.

However, Clottey’s trainer Lenny De Jesus isn’t fazed by Pacquiao’s stature, Roach’s name and even the thousands who have shown their support and admiration for Pacquiao as he himself told us recently he would have loved to be working with Pacquiao. Their relationship ended after the first Erik Morales fight when Shelly Finkel took over as manager and after de Jesus worked six fights in Pacquiao’s corner

He said that while Pacquiao is a much more refined and cautious fighter that he was in the past he expects Clottey to put pressure on him, unsettle the Filipino and push him backward because that will make Pacquiao “go back to his old style where if he gets hurt or gets hit hard” he will come back swinging recklessly. De Jesus believes the key to beating Pacquiao is to put a lot of pressure on him and throw punches” pointing out that Clottey is tough and can take a good shot and defends well.

De Jesus pointed out that this fight is not one of those catch-weight fights like Manny had against Miguel Cotto or even De La Hoya who came down in weight to fight Pacquiao and Clottey himself pointed out at the final pre-fight press conference that he is “really a true welterweight. Big for that matter. He's a smaller guy and can throw a lot of punches. I connect punches. 'll make sure that if I throw a few, it's going to connect, and I'm going cause damage. I believe in that”

Clottey added "If he's going to throw a thousand punches, then I'll block a thousand punches. And that will get him thinking. I'm not going to back up. And the fear and the pressure will make him think more. I'm not going to go backward. I'm going to stay in there. Wherever he goes, I'll cut off the ring. I'll make him fight. I want him to fight for the first time."

Team Pacquiao is confident that no matter what Clottey does, including the use of roughhousing tactics, Manny will be equal to the task. The word is that Pacquiao himself has told close associates that he plans to go after Clottey from the opening bell and hopes to take him within the first few rounds if he gets the chance although Roach has predicted a knockout within rounds seven to nine.

The Pacquiao-Clottey fight card will be carried on a “live” basis on a number of pay-per-view outlets and on television by Solar Sports including the “Mecca of Philippine sports and entertainment – the Araneta Coliseum where huge, four-sided screens provide the ambiance of almost being at ringside in Dallas.

The fights will also be carried in all Robinson, SM and Rockwell Cinemas and numerous other venues, restaurants, bars and clubs around the country. Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim will also provide “live” telecasts in venues in each of the congressional districts in Manila, free to the public.


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