Today’s the day! Pacquaio and Clottey will mix it up inside the square ring and it’s going to be another exciting show from the best pound for pound fighter today.
The gentlemen shook hand after the final weigh in. No trash talking, to animosity simply civil. Compare this to the recent Mayweather Mosley face off.
Pacquiao and Clottey meet on the star
By TIM DAHLBERG / Associated Press
The phenomenon that is Manny Pacquiao grew with a series of wins against some of the biggest names around. Now he has a fight to win against a guy who has nothing to lose.
It wasn’t supposed to be that way, but things rarely turn out as planned in boxing. Instead of fighting in one of the biggest bouts ever against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao will have to settle for fighting in one of the biggest stadiums ever.
The opponent is Joshua Clottey, and he’s what the wise guys in Las Vegas would call a live dog. A talented boxer who has never been stopped and briefly held a piece of the welterweight title, he brings some credentials of his own into Saturday night’s 147-pound fight at Cowboy Stadium.
But while he may be fighting on the star, there’s only one star in this show. Little guys aren’t supposed to fill big stadiums, yet some 45,000 fans are expected to be on hand to watch Pacquiao up close and personal — and on the huge overhead video screens that will show every drop of sweat and blood.
“The best fighter I’ve ever seen,” said promoter Bob Arum, who includes Muhammad Ali in that group. “No one has ever punched with equal power from both hands like Manny.”
Arum has a financial interest in saying that, of course, but there are few in boxing who would argue that Pacquiao is a talent unlike any the sport has seen in recent years. He’s coming off a stoppage of Miguel Cotto that cemented his credentials at 147 pounds, and he has created a buzz about boxing the sport desperately needed.