Rocky Clottey

There’s a Manny Pacquiao fight this weekend and no one is really too excited about.  Maybe it’s because the fight is not viewed as much of a contest to begin with.  Winning the Pacquiao sweepstakes is welterweight standout, Joshua Clottey.  Going up against the pound-for-pound king of boxing, it’s not a question of if, but when will Pacquiao hand Clottey his first KO loss?

There is plenty of reason to back that assessment up.  After all Pacquiao has destroyed boxing’s best on his ascend to the top.  Clottey’s last fight was a decision loss to Miguel Cotto who was then butchered by Pacquiao last November.  So it is to no surprise that Clottey is an overwhelming underdog heading into Saturday’s match at Cowboys Stadium.

Clottey is viewed as having no real shot of winning the fight and the media have all but pegged him with the “Rocky” label.  Clottey is a tough and durable fighter. He doesn’t have much punching power and he’s fallen short in his biggest matches.  His trainer was not granted a visa out of his native land therefore had to be replaced for this fight.

Clottey has never been stopped before and is banking on his stubborn chin to defy the odds and reach the final bell.  Forcing a decision would be a moral victory for Clottey.  When facing the Filipino phenom, having Michael Buffer read the score cards instead of the final time, is the sweetest sound one can hear.  Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto all failed to do so in Pacquiao’s last three matches.

This is the opportunity of a lifetime and Clottey will make the most of it.  He’s a game opponent and will put forth a tremendous effort.  He will come up short but I think it’s safe to say he’ll hear the final bell.  That will make him a winner in my book now matter how badly he’s beaten.




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