Joshua Clottey Could Kill Boxing’s Comeback

January 21, 2010 – 7:10 am by Lance Zimmerman

I was going to start this article by writing how March 13th, 2010 was the most anticipated date in boxing over the past twenty years. Sure you could argue that Mike Tyson’s fight against Lennox Lewis was equally as big, but Tyson was well past his prime, taking some of the shine of what was an awful fight once the opening bell sounded.

Who wants to continue complaining about Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s fight falling apart? Me, that’s who. It was boxing’s big comeback. Another nail in the coffin of the deteriorating boxing fan base. Now, we’re left with Joshua Clottey vs. Manny Pacquiao on the same date of what was to be the fight of all fights.

Don’t sleep on Clottey. He’s Miguel Cotto, but with ten times the chin. True Cotto didn’t fair too well against Pacquiao, but he had his moments. A fighter like Clottey, who will be able to walk through the same punches that made Cotto run for cover, could be big trouble for Pacquiao. If Clottey does pull off the upset, goodbye dream fight, and goodbye bandwagon boxing fans. The dark days will be upon us again.

Joshua Clottey joined Pound for Pound on Hardcore Sports Radio to weigh in on his upcoming fight against arguably the biggest draw since Mike Tyson worldwide, Manny Pacquiao.

On if he would have done anything differently in the Cotto fight, or if he feels he was just outright robbed:

“I know Cotto, and I know he’s a good fighter, so when I’m fighting him I’m trying to make sure that any punch I threw, I threw many, many punches, I believe that any punch I threw I was going to get him. I think I deserved that win.”

Clottey was asked what he focuses on in training for a guy like Pacquiao:

“I think I have to be more determined, and more aggressive, and I’m planning to hit at, and I’m talking about even if it’s one shot at, you know, throw punches. It’s going to be a very nice fight. I know that the guy is a very good fighter and I know what he can do in the ring and I know what I can do in the ring. It’s going to be a very exciting fight.”

On if he’s approaching the fight as if it’s going to be a war in the ring:

“I always look at any fight as a war, any fight, even if I’m fighting a small fighter. It’s boxing, you have to protect yourself.”

Clottey on if he thinks that size in this fight will be a factor:

“It’s a size advantage, but you look at the champions and what they’re doing, always fighting the best, and Pacquiao is the champion. I really have to congratulate him for that. I’ll be the bigger man in the ring, but I’m not seeing me being bigger will be the most advantage because it’s boxing. I’ll prepare very well for this fight.”

On if he thinks that Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs:

“I don’t know about Pacquiao using anything, but I don’t know the reason why he didn’t want to take the blood test for Mayweather, and I don’t know the reasons why Mayweather wants to take the blood.”

Listen to the Audio Here.

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  1. 24 Responses to “Joshua Clottey Could Kill Boxing’s Comeback”

  2. Man…its hard to bad mouth these two! There acting like good buddies until the 13th. I cant talk shhhhhheeettt!

    By Bay Area on Jan 21, 2010

  3. That’s true,bay area. You can not badmouth a sweet talker, unlike the other fighter who is full of trash…

    By pacfan on Jan 21, 2010

  4. Floyd will fight shane Mosley! I still dont believe this. Floyd ducked Pacman for more than $30M, to fight Shane at much less money?

    ah… something doesn’t add up here.

    Shane is a tougher fight for Floyd given the size of Shane Mosely. Pacquiao may win against Floyd too, but floyd has some size advantages he can use to minimize pacquiao’s skills.

    but with shane, floyd is fighting a bigger guy.

    so i dont see floyd fighting shane. 12 years he ducked shane, why suddenly now?
    its a joke

    By LongIslanditalianmafia on Jan 21, 2010

  5. It’s an even match if not one of them is caught with a power punch which Manny has the edge of hitting.

    By rmh on Jan 21, 2010

  6. Floyd Mayweather is good on choosing easy opponent thats why he has zero (0) loss. He is A SMART boxer, YOU FOOOOOLLLLLS!

    By jum on Jan 21, 2010

  7. Pacquiao vs. Clottey is a good match-up. This is a real boxing match. Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is nothing but a “come and catch me” game. It’ll be boring. It won’t be a match if one guy is too afraid of another.

    Contrary to the writer’s point. I think this bout will save boxing from the disappointment of the Manny-Floyd match. Because this is 10 times more exciting that what could have been a “match”.

    By Capt Pinoy on Jan 21, 2010

  8. BORING!!! WTF is this! that is why MMA is stompin on boxing’s dead carcass. PBF and Pacman could have save it, instead they choose to fight a less quality opponents. Boxing is dead!

    By shogun on Jan 21, 2010

  9. @Shogun

    As a figther, Clottey is way more better than Floyd man. Boxing is not dead. I better believe that.

    By Capt Pinoy on Jan 21, 2010

  10. FLOYD WILL NOT FIGHT SHANE, TOO RISKY.

    By entradero on Jan 21, 2010

  11. Cotto dropped Clottey. I don’t think SOOO! It will be good for boxing.

    By boydura on Jan 21, 2010

  12. I think Clottey beats KFC, Xylocaine or not.
    Cotto beats KFC also, Pac is fighting guys that will beat KFC, that’s why KFC wants no piece of Pac. I also think KFC will not fight Mosley, it’s very clear from the start.

    By Really? on Jan 21, 2010

  13. Wow and Wow!! Guys did you notice the ring in the middle finger of Pacquiao? This is the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Championship Ring that Jones gave to Pacquiao…Now the Gayweather is going to be really mad ang jealous to him.

    By TAtlas on Jan 21, 2010

  14. All roads lead to Floyd Mayweather, Biotches!

    By Floyd "Money" Mayweather on Jan 21, 2010

  15. Pac don’t want none of this! I’ll beat his punk juicehead ass!

    By Floyd "Money" Mayweather on Jan 21, 2010

  16. Miss and hit. That’s how to win.
    Let’s see who does well of these.
    Very exciting.
    Fat chance. KFC, white bellied and first rate coward of the country, will in the future duck Pac.He’s been doing that for years for Mosley.

    By Nally Patak on Jan 21, 2010

  17. Coward Floyd Mayweather taking his chances against Shane. Maybe his thinking is that its better to be punch by Shane than taking the bigger punches of Pacman. What a Loser! All that money, and he did really butchered it! No more chance of earning that high again KFC ( Kentucky Floyd Chicken) You’re Chicken, turkey, a coward and a Fool all rolled into one.

    By archie milagan on Jan 21, 2010

  18. You and Shane fight in an empty ar parking lot. We wont buy your tikets. You’re a Big Flop anyways… You ‘re moving your fight date from marh 13th to May? Larry Merchant’s PPV backpedalling and going to dallas to hurriedly sign up Pac- Clottey fight? It goes to show what value your worth. Youre worth nothing Floyd. You big Coward Chicken!

    By archie milagan on Jan 21, 2010

  19. I like the way this too talk to each other no trash no ego busting etc. But i am sure it will be war inside the ring. The way it should be!!. LOOK AT THE OTHER GUY THE GAY CHICKEN WHO LIKE TO RUN IN THE RING, YOU CAN NOT EXPECT WAR IF HE IS THE DANCING PARTNER. iT WILL BECOME POWER DANCE SHOW !!! LOL

    By falconfighter on Jan 21, 2010

  20. Pacquiao-Clottey is just a tune up fight, Pacquiao-Mayweather is still the fight all fans want to see…

    The question still remains, will Mayweather steps up to the challenge now that Berto pulled out? He should have agreed to fight Mosley by now.

    Pacquiao now starts doing his thing, Floyd better starts doing his… Check out Pacquiao-Mayweather latest news – thegreatestfight.com
    http://thegreatestfight.com

    By thegreatestfight.com on Jan 21, 2010

  21. Im sure lil foolfloyd will not fight shane because shane pose same risk than fighting manny pacquiao and the reward is less than winning manny pacquiao lil foolfloyd will wait the winner pacquiao clottey figth.rather take the riskier fight.

    By Lil me no fool on Jan 21, 2010

  22. Mark my word, Floyd will duck Moseley.

    By barok barak on Jan 21, 2010

  23. ha ha ha. I like the kentucky floyd chicken tag. we should all call him KFC from now on!

    By diosel kwesel on Jan 22, 2010

  24. Clottey/Pacman are both gentlemen. Unlike Mayweather who spits venom. Pacman for one does the least talking off the ring, but does the talking through his gloves the moment the bell sounds.

    For a fact, Mayweather already ducked too many better and bigger fighter. Since he successfully evaded the Pacquiao bandwangon through flimpsy excuse he and his cohorts not tries their darn best to pull the rug from under by setting a fight simulataneously with the Pacman/Clottey’s March 13th bout. Well, HBO has just reserved the Pacmant/Clottey bout and you bet it will be hard selling the Mayweather fight on the same date not just on pay-per-view but even the tickets.

    Recall that to respond to Juan Manuel Marquez who was itching for a 3rd match with Pacman, team Pacquiao responded by fighting another much bigger opponent in David Diaz. I guess taking a much bigger Clottey this time is a strong message to Mayweather for chickening-out.

    So, looks like Mayweather has taken over Col Sanders in running KFC! He indeed makes CHICKEN right, finger-licking good!

    By Antonio on Jan 23, 2010

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