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Road To Dallas: Pacquiao Vs. Clottey

This 30 minute special has been out for a few days already, but I didn’t have a chance to check it out until now.

I’ve never thought about this before, but this fight has a man from the Philippines fighting a man from Ghana, neither of who speak English very well, fighting in a stadium for America’s Team. Boxing is truly a melting pot sport.

The show immediately goes into the Pacquaio/Mayweather fight that never happened. Freddie Roach immediately went into denial about the issue instead of tackling the issue, which is what he’s done. Pac’s strength and conditioning coach said Pacquiao thinks giving blood is a bad thing and blames his loss on giving blood. Basically, the same BS we’ve been hearing since late last year.

Clottey says that he couldn’t sleep after hearing that he was fighting Manny Pacquiao. Clottey runs the streets of NY before the city starts. But I thought the city never sleeps? He says he should be right at the top of the welterweight class.

His fight against Antonio Margarito put him on the map and then he beat Zab Judah to win the championship.

They show the fight with Cotto and Jim Lampley says that Clottey had a dead man in front of him and let him throw enough punches to take the last two rounds and win the fight.

Clottey’s cut man Lenny De Jesus has to act as his cut man and trainer because his trainer can’t get a visa to get to the states. He was also Pacquiao’s cut man from 2003 to 2005. He thinks this is the reason why he has the inside edge on how to beat Pacquiao.

Pacquiao has to eat a ton just to keep his weight up while Clottey will outweigh him by 15 pounds probably in the ring.

Roach says he’s waiting for the day as to when Pacquiao doesn’t have his immense work ethic and that day hasn’t happened yet.

This countdown wasn’t anything special, but it did give fans a great look at Joshua Clottey. It’s going to take a money making performance by Clottey to win this fight.

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6 thoughts on “Road To Dallas: Pacquiao Vs. Clottey

  1. Given that they had a very limited amount of time, and given the relative obscurity of Clottey, I think they did very well with what they had. They did a great job of showing us what Clottey is all about.

  2. I agree with you. It didn’t have much depth, but you did get a nice intro to Clottey. Also, it made him a bit of a fan favorite.

    I think it was silly of HBO to barely give them a half hour though. Seems like this is an afterthought fight for them and it’s still going to draw.

  3. It always has been treated as an after thought fight since the announcement of the bout which is not surprising at all considering the bigger bout that is Mayweather/Mosley. This is what happens when you can’t come to an agreement on something as basic as blood testing. What was Freddie and Pacquiao thinking???

  4. Freddie and Pac are thinking about preserving his status. That’s what managers/trainers do. They don’t put their fighters in danger.

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