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Mosley Back-Pedals to UD Loss in Rare Pacquiao Stinker May 8, 2011

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By Manny Pacquiao’s ordinarily lofty standards as the pound-for-pound king and the most exciting boxer in the world, his 12 round unanimous victory over future Hall-of-Famer Shane Mosley was a complete stinker.  I’d actually probably say it was one of his worst fights ever from an action and excitement perspective.

So what the heck happened?  Even at 39, Shane Mosley was expected to be a good opponent for Pacquiao not because he posed a serious threat, but because he’s been known throughout his career as a skilled, exciting boxer with speed and power, and most importantly, liked to trade shots with the other guy.

Instead, this Mosley essentially back-pedaled all night (worse than Cotto in those last few rounds, and Mosley wasn’t even seriously hurt), all the way out of the ring and straight to the bank to collect his cool $5 million bucks for this sham of a fight (Pacquiao got a guaranteed $20 million).  I’m a little angry and very disappointed, because Mosley talked it up and made it seem like he was going to hunt Manny down like Team 6 on Osama.  He exuded confidence because, as he said, Pacquiao likes to trade, and that’s what’s going to give him an opportunity to knock Pacquiao out.  But when the time came, Mosley did jack all.  I gave him the benefit of the doubt before the fight despite his last two performances (against Mayweather and Mora), but he’s a shot fighter.  No doubt about it.  He just can’t pull the trigger anymore.  This wasn’t an Oscar de la Hoya situation where Pacquiao didn’t give him the opportunity to get his punches off.  Mosley just didn’t want to throw.

How the fight unfolded

After a pretty decent undercard which I missed, Mosley entered the ring first with LL Cool J rapping ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ alongside him (how ironic).  Pacquiao entered next to ‘Eye of the Tiger’, sung live (or lip-synched) by Survivor.  All good up to this point.  Everyone was hyped.  Jamie Foxx sang a song and everyone cheered.

The first round was a ‘feel out’ round where neither guy did much, but Pacquiao clearly won because he at least tried to engage a little.  Mosley just threw a few jabs in the air and kept moving back whenever Pacquiao looked like he might throw a punch.  But at least he was sharp, and I thought perhaps he was sizing Manny up and getting ready to go all out in the next round.

But in round 2 Mosley did more of the same.  Pacquiao turned it up a notch, but not by much.  He did have a couple of brisk moments where the crowd went ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ from his combinations, but by and large it was uneventful.

Round 3 turned out to be probably the best round of the fight because Pacquiao managed to land a couple of big shots (a left and a right) that put Mosley on his backside.  Mosley got up at about the count of 5, but from the stunned expression on his face and the wobbly legs it looked like he was ready to go.  However, Pacquiao didn’t really go after him with full force and Mosley survived.

If Mosley was tentative up to that point in the fight, after the knockdown, it was much much worse.  I couldn’t believe the bigger guy, the supposedly stronger guy, was running so much.  It was embarrassing to watch, and frustrating for the fans who paid good money to see what they thought would be an action-packed bout.

From round 4 onwards, Mosley just back-pedaled and Pacquiao chased.  Apparently in this round Pacquiao cramped his calf, which made mobility an issue for the remainder of the fight, a possible reason why he didn’t go after Mosley harder than he did.  Rounds 4 to 9 were really a complete blur in my memory because they were all the same.  Mosley refusing to engage and Pacquiao bringing brief moments of fake excitement whenever he landed a few blows before Mosley darted away again (it got so bad that the crowd cheered whenever Pacquiao got close to Mosley).

In round 10, the best possible thing that could happen in this fight happened.  Mosley clearly pushed an off-balance Pacquiao to the canvas, but referee Kenny Bayless inexplicably ruled it a knockdown (he apologised later).  Freddie Roach was fuming, and Pacquiao was bewildered, but soon the bewilderment turned to anger and he finally started putting his punches together and sprinted after Mosley instead of just stalking him.  At last, Pacquiao started belting Mosley with powerful combinations, but Mosley turned it up a gear and ran even faster, managing somehow to survive until the final bell.

Not surprisingly, boos rained down throughout the slower parts of the fight, and who could blame them?  Mosley looked like he had zero intention of trying to win the fight, and the only thing he cared about was walking away without a permanent injury (so he can snuggle up to his hot new 21-year-old girlfriend, who received the second loudest ovation after Pacquiao at the venue where I watched the fight).  At least against Joshua Clottey, Clottey covered up most of the night.  Mosley just ran.

The final scorecard: 120-108, 120-107 and 119-108.  This was quite astonishing, considering they used a ’10-point must’ scoring system for the 12 rounds and Pacquiao was ruled as having been knocked down in round 10.  Usually when a boxer is knocked down, the round automatically becomes a 10-8 in favour of the guy who scored the knockdown, but the fact that Pacquiao received perfect scores from 2 judges and only lost a point on the other, showed just how pathetially hopeless Mosley was on this night.

Final thoughts

What a stinker of a Pacquiao fight. Average or slightly above average compared to your run of the mill boxing match, but a stinker by Pacquaio’s standards.

Pacquiao was disappointed afterwards and showed it in the interview, because he knew he didn’t give fans what they wanted to see.  He complained about the lack of willingness to engage on Mosley’s part and his calf injury.  He was almost completely unmarked after the fight, whereas Mosley’s face was puffy and bruised, and was forced to wear sunglasses in the post-fight interview.

I had predicted that Pacquiao would be the first to knock Mosley out (he did pretty well by just being the second person — after Vernon Forrest — to knock Mosley down) because I thought Mosley would try and trade.  I think from what we saw in the fight, if Mosley did decide to trade, he almost certainly would have been carried out on a stretcher.  How he fooled everybody, including even his own trainer, Nazim Richardson, who pleaded all night for Mosley to do something.

I don’t really blame Pacquiao for what transpired here.  His job, first and foremost, is to win the fight, which he was doing with absolute ease.  He didn’t have to do much to dominate this bout.  Why risk anything if you can just coast your way to a victory?  I just wish he wasn’t so friendly to Mosley, allowing him to escape from the corner whenever he had him seemingly trapped, and not going after him until the 10th round knockdown error by the referee.  If the error occurred earlier the fight probably would have been less burdensome to watch.

That reminds me of a couple of things I noticed about the fight that really irked me.  One was that Pacquiao and Mosley would touch gloves at the start and end of every round and after just about every accidental head butt (there were a few) and separation by the referee.  I mean come on, it’s good to be friends after the fight but not in the ring.  They even hugged at the beginning of the 12th and final round.  It made me feel like Shane was just saying: thanks for giving me the chance to steal $5 million; I just fooled the world into thinking I was going to fight, but I was really here just to collect my paycheck and try and get out with my brain in one piece.

The second thing was Shane’s corner always taking an extra 5-10 seconds between rounds to get out of the ring.  I thought it was an obvious ploy to give Shane more time to recover so he can run faster the next round, and the referee should have at least warned them.

What’s next

Pacquiao’s next opponent will probably be Juan Manuel Marquez, who really wants to fight Pacquiao after believing he was robbed in two previous decisions (a draw and a loss).  Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum already sent an offer to Marquez, which he turned down, and they are sending a revised version to him.  Perhaps they were offering too little money, or perhaps he didn’t like the weight (which would almost certainly be welterweight).

Arum says if Marquez backs out then the next best option is Timothy Bradley, a legitimate young stud and title holder.  Not sure if a real danger for Pacquiao, but with Mayweather nowhere to be found, the best that could be hoped for.  Andre Berto might be in the mix, but he’s not as attractive now that he’s got a loss on his record (recently to Victor Ortiz).  And the other guy in the pound-for-pound chatter, Sergio Martinez, is just too big at 154 pounds.

I hope Pacquiao does take on Marquez again, because I think it’ll be a good fight.  Marquez is the only guy that has given Pacquiao real trouble since 2005, though I think it will be a massacre at 147 pounds.  A brutal, bloody massacre that will shut everyone up about Marquez’s earlier success against Pacquiao.

As for Shane Mosley, please retire and ride off into the sunset with your hot young girlfriend.  You’ve had a glorious career but you crapped all over your legacy tonight.  At least you got 5 million bucks out of it.

Bradley gets disappointing decision over Alexander January 31, 2011

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Bradley and Alexander in their title unification bout

This one was just for the boxing purists.

Few people might know about them, but undefeated junior weleterewights (140 lbs) Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander took each other on in a unificaton bout over the weekend.

As it turned out, there was a good reason why neither guy is not more famous — because the fight kind of stunk, and neither demonstrated the kind of skill that would earn them a shot against the likes of Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr (if he avoids prison).  Perhaps even Amir Khan would be too much to ask.

Bradley (now 27-0, 11 KOs) won a technical decision over Alexander (now 21-1, 13 KOs) after the fight was stopped in round 10 because of a cut resulting from an accidental headbutt.

Bradley led with his big head all night and managed to be leading when the fight was stopped, with scores of 97-93, 96-95 and 98-93, and came away with the decision in front of around 6000 fans (9000 capacity), most of whom booed when the fight ended.

It was a pretty boring fight without much serious action, and neither boxer put the other in any real trouble.  CompuBox numbers reflected the way the fight went down —  Alexander was credited with landing 129 of 475 punches (27 percent) while Bradley landed 128 of 419 (31 percent).  For a 10 round fight, that’s only 13 landed punches for each fighter per round.

A real shame because this was a fight many fans had been looking forward to, especially with the disappointment over the Pacquiao-Mayweather fallout and the fact that Pacquiao picked old Sugar Shane Mosley as his next victim instead of Juan Manuel Marquez or even Andre Berto.

Needless to say, Alexander wants a rematch, but I doubt one will be made, or at least one fight fans will want to see.


Amir Khan overcomes Marcos Maidana in exciting decision victory December 12, 2010

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In what could be a potential candidate for fight of the year, talented Brit Amir Khan defeated gritty Argentine Marcos Maidana by a close but unanimous decision with the scores 114-111 (twice) and 113-112.  Khan knocked Maidana down in the first round with a couple of thudding body shots and Maidana had a point deducted for using his elbow in the fifth round — and those two 10-8 rounds proved to be the difference in the end.

Salivating matchup

This was a junior welterweight bout (140 lbs) for Khan’s WBA title, and it was a fascinating fight because Khan (24-1, 17 KOs), for all his talent and speed, has a questionable chin after being knocked out in 54 seconds by Breidis Prescott in Khan’s 19th professional fight.  And of course, Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) is considered one of the, if not the hardest puncher in the 140lb division.

However, since Khan’s devastating defeat, he had won five straight fights in dominating fashion, in part due to him hiring the same team that made Manny Pacquiao the no. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world (trainer Freddie Roach and conditioning coach Trevor Ariza). So while Khan may have been the favourite in this fight, no one was taking Maidana for granted, and many thought there was no way Khan would be able to withstand Maidana’s heavy fists for 12 rounds.

Action packed bout

This was an exciting, action-packed fight from start to finish.  Khan clearly had the advantage in hand and foot speed, but Maidana sure could take a punch, and there was no doubt he could hurt Khan if he landed the right shot.  And so it was a game of cat and mouse — Maidana stalking and Khan doing his best Pacquiao impersonation, using his jab, firing rapid combos and getting out of the way.

Maidana gave Khan a bit of a scare in the opening round with a couple of big shots, but Khan was in control, dictating the distance with his jab and combinations.  Khan unloaded a couple of ripping body blows towards the end of that first round that dropped Maidana and had him rolling around in agony, but to his credit, Maidana not only got up, he managed to survive the round.

In the fifth round, Maidana, perhaps becoming more frustrated, tried to sneak in a backhanded elbow when the referee was trying to separate the two boxers.  It cost him a point.  At this stage, I would say Khan was in control, but Maidana was starting to look more dangerous.

Rounds six and seven belonged to Maidana the aggressor, as Khan looked like he was beginning to tire.  But then Khan turned the tables in rounds eight and nine to retake control with his rapid combos and skillful evasion.

Round 10 was the big one.  Khan was still doing his thing, dancing around and throwing quick punches, but out of nowhere Maidana threw a big right hand that tagged Khan on the chin — it buckled his legs and had Khan stumbling around the ring.  For the remainder of that round, Maidana busted Khan up and punched him all over the ring as Khan tried to tie up and cover up to survive.  While Khan blocked a lot of punches, the replays showed that he also got cracked with a few huge shots — shots no one ever thought he would be able to take.  That was a clear 10-8 round for Maidana because of Maidana’s dominance and how little Khan threw.

Just when I thought Maidana would finish Khan off the next round, Khan somehow came back alive in the second half of round 11 and clipped Maidana with some big shots of his own to claim the round.  Round 12 was another survival round for Khan, who looked absolutely spent and bleeding from the nose.  Khan was battered around a fair bit in the final round, but towards the end he landed a few good ones to keep Maidana honest.

My scorecard was 114-112 in favour of Khan (ESPN had it 116-109 for Khan, which I thought was too wide — despite eating a lot more punches, Maidana’s face was relatively unmarked by the end of the fight compared to Khan).

I gave six rounds to Khan and five rounds to Maidana with one round even (the fourth round, where both men had their moments).  Khan had two 10-8 rounds — the first where he knocked Maidana down, and the fifth because of the point deduction.  Maidana had a 10-8 round in the 10th, where he almost knocked Khan out.  So it was very very close — if Maidana didn’t get the point deduction and if I gave him round four, this would have been a draw on my card.

CompuBox stats: Khan — 273 of 603 punches (45 percent); Maidana — 156 of 767 (20 percent).

I’d love to see Khan take on the winner of the Alexander-Bradley winner.  This was an ugly win that showed us that Khan probably isn’t as technically sound as we thought he was, but at the same time it showed he has a much better chin and a much bigger heart than anyone gave him credit for.

Khan vs Pacquiao?

Khan said it himself that it would never happen — because both guys use Freddie Roach and Trevor Ariza.  Unless Khan wants to change camps, there’s no way this fight can happen.

I know Roach recently said Khan has more potential than Pacquiao (probably because Pacquiao has peaked while Khan is still improving) and that in sparring sessions Khan has sometimes gotten the better of Pacquiao, but if these two ever did lace up the gloves in a fantasy bout, I have no doubt Pacquiao would wipe the floor with Khan.

Khan’s only advantages are his youth (24), height (5’10”) and reach.  Khan is fast, but Pacquiao is much faster (in both hand and foot speed, especially in foot speed), throws sharper, longer and more accurate combos (Khan’s are more like Calzaghe’s ‘pitter-patter’ shots while Pacquiao’s bust people up), has better defense (Khan has very little head movement), power, experience, stamina, and is significantly better at creating angles.

Khan doesn’t have the same balance as Pacquiao, which is why he looked awkward at times against Maidana, and when he tries to back away he keeps moving in the same direction (and often into the ropes), whereas Pacquiao keeps turning his opponents in the middle of the ring.

Still, Khan is young and has a bright future ahead of him.  I’m not sold that he can be a superstar like Pacquiao, but if he keeps improving, he could certainly be a champion in multiple divisions for years to come.

Pacquiao punishes Margarito over 12 rounds November 14, 2010

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I’ll expand on this when I get a chance to rewatch the fight, but Manny Pacquiao just shredded Antonio Margarito’s face for 12 rounds, winning a clear cut unanimous decision, 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.

At times, Margarito seemed as though he might impose his formidable size on Pacquiao, but the smaller man continued to pepper him with rapid combinations and getting out of the way in time.  Pacquiao looked a little gassed in the latter stages of the fight (remember, Pacquiao had a 17 pound disadvantage), but Margarito just kept coming forward no matter how hopeless things had become.

By the end, Margarito’s face was a complete mess, his right eye gruesomely swollen and bruised, and his left eye not that much better.  Pacquiao looked relatively unmarked in comparison, but I’m sure the swelling and bruises will emerge over the next couple of hours.  Margarito did land some big body shots and upper cuts, but the punch numbers were staggeringly one sided.  I don’t have the exact numbers at hand at the moment, but I’m sure Pacquiao landed more than 400 punches, and probably more than 400 power shots.  Pacquiao probably could have killed a bear with those punches, but to Margarito’s credit, he lasted until the end.

Pacquaio was no doubt impressive against a much bigger opponent, but he wasn’t as insanely dominant as he was against his last few opponents.  Though they said Margarito was slow, Pacquiao did get tagged several times, and even admitted in the post-fight interview that he was hurt to the head and body when Margarito pinned him against the ropes.

Does this mean Pacquiao is slowing down?  Or should Margarito be given more credit?  And will Mayweather now have the balls to fight Pacquiao if he stays out of jail?

Update: 14/11/2010

Having watched the fight for the second time, I must say Pacquiao was even more dominant than I initially thought.  Even with a 17 pound weight and 4.5 inch height disadvantage, Pacquiao’s blinding hand speed, accurate combinations and tremendous footwork was more than enough to overcome the game but outclassed Margarito.

I think the way Pacquiao has beaten the likes of De la Hoya, Hatton, Cotto and Clottey make people forget that Pacquiao is still human and has his vulnerabilities — this is what makes him such an exciting boxer to watch because he’s not afraid to take risks to, as he says, give fans an exciting fight.  People forget that Pacquiao had a bit of trouble with Cotto in the first few rounds, and that Clottey hit him with a few good ones as well.  The same can be said for Margarito, a world class fighter in his own right.  Margarito landed some bombs on Pacquiao in the fifth and eighth rounds, for me the only rounds you could say he could have won, but it’s just that he came up short against a much better opponent.

For those who don’t know, Pacquiao’s camp vehemently protested Margarito’s use of a supposed weight-loss supplement before the fight, but the fight went ahead anyway.  If Margarito did use something banned we will find out after the post fight drug test.

Also, after the fight Margarito went straight to the hospital for a check-up.  Turns out Pacquiao fractured Margarito’s eye socket and he had to undergo surgery immediately.  Not surprising considering Pacquiao landed a whopping 474 punches (compared to 229 for Margarito), including an insane 411 power shots.

Fight recap

I think you could make a good argument that Pacquiao won every single round of the 12 round fight.  The first round pretty much went according to plan, with Margarito using a stiff jab and Pacquiao going in and out with solid combinations.  The punch numbers were pretty close, but since most of Margarito’s punches were jabs while Pacquiao’s were power shots, the round easily went to Pacquiao.

The second round, Pacquiao went toe-to-toe a little more, and Margarito landed a few decent shots.  However, while the punch stats were close again for the round, but for a short period when Margarito had Pacquiao on the ropes, Pacquiao had the better command of the round and landed the more telling punches.

Freddie Roach told Pacquiao that it was too early to exchange, so Pacquiao went back to what he does best in the third round, which is using his phenomenal footwork to pepper Margarito all over the ring.  More of the same in the fourth, except Pacquiao really started unloading some bombs that rocked and hurt Margarito, causing him to bend over with body shots and opening up a cut and a nasty welt under the bigger man’s eye.  A furious rally in the fifth by Margarito might have been enough to steal the round for people watching ringside, but on the replay it was clear that it was Pacquiao again that landed the bigger, better shots.

In the middle part of the fight, from about rounds 6 to 8, Pacquiao took his foot off the gas pedal a bit.  I’m not sure if he was really gassed or he was just taking a breather because he knew he didn’t have to take any big risks to win the fight.  Round Eight saw Margarito land his best shots, a few sold hooks and uppercuts when Pacquiao was against the ropes, but even then Pacquiao landed the better punches.

Round Nine onwards, the fight was pretty much meaningless because Pacquiao was just torturing Margarito, who just kept coming forward despite taking the beating of his life.  The doctor was called out a few times to make sure Margarito could continue, and even his corner kept asking him if he wanted to go on.  Of course, the Mexican warrior would never give up.  The fight probably should have been stopped but Margarito kept throwing, so it was hard to deny him the chance of finishing on his feet.

Pacquiao, for his part, looked to the referee a few times to see if the fight could be stopped because Margarito’s face was such a mess.  He admitted after the fight that he was taking it easy in the last round because there was no need to inflict permanent injury on his opponent.  “I told the referee, ‘Look at his eyes, look at his cuts,'” Pacquiao said. “I did not want to damage him permanently. That’s not what boxing is about.”

And rewatching that final round, I believe him — I think Pacquiao could have taken Margarito out if he really wanted to, but instead he danced aroud a lot and didn’t go for the kill.

A masterful performance by Pacquiao.  If Mayweather watched this fight, he might start thinking it’s a better option to go to prison than to face Pacquiao in the ring.

PS: the crowd attendance was poor — only 41,734 people attended the fight, much lower than the expected 60,000 that Bob Arum boldly proclaimed was possible.

Clottey Stinks It Up As Pacquiao Dominates March 14, 2010

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I just got back from watching the Manny Pacquiao – Joshua Clottey fight at a public venue with a mega screen.

The atmosphere was electric, and I think I am going a little deaf from the noise of the live crowd, who acted like they were there at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas along with the 51,000 other boxing fans.  Or should I say Manny Pacquiao fans.

Pacquiao cruises to unanimous victory in a virtual shut-out

Oh, the result.  As expected, Pacquiao dominated over 12 rounds to win an easy unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 119-109) against a bizarrely passive Clottey, who spent most of the night covering up.  Sure, he avoided getting knocked out like Pacquiao’s previous four opponents, but Clottey never really gave himself a chance out there.

On the rare occasions Clottey did decide to engage, he was very effective, landing some solid jabs and jolting uppercuts on Pacquiao’s jaw, creating a noticeable bruise under the Pacman’s right eye.  But Clottey never followed it up and Pacquiao was never in danger.  To be honest, Clottey stunk up the joint.  Pacquiao (and the fans) wanted a fight and tried to goad Clottey into trading, but for some inexplicable reason Clottey just stood there, covering up, and only threw a couple of punches here and there so that people won’t think Pacquiao’s just in the ring by himself punching a slab of black marble.

From the third round onwards, Clottey’s corner kept telling him to throw more punches and take chances, but Clottey refused to open up.  Even when they told him he was losing every round, Clottey was still going out there and doing the same thing.

On the other hand, Pacquiao was in and out all night, throwing stiff shots from all angles and every now and then a crazy barrage that kept Clottey covering up like a turtle.  Most of Pacquiao’s shots to the head were blocked or partially blocked by Clottey’s gloves and arms, but he did manage to land a fair few ripping body shots, especially at the start of the fight.  Towards the later rounds, the blows were starting to penetrate the defense, bloodying Clottey’s nose and driving him into the ropes a few times, but to Clottey’s credit he didn’t go down or look to be in serious trouble.

Pacquiao landed 246 of 1,231 punches (20%) while Clottey was limited to landing 108 of 399 punches (27%).

So yeah, the fight was still pretty exciting thanks to Pacquiao’s offense and multiple punch combinations (like seven or eight in a second), but Clottey prevented it from being a good fight.  He didn’t get knocked out, and he got a big payday, but that was about it.  After this performance, it’s no surprise Clottey isn’t a bigger star, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever be.

What the boxers said after the fight

Manny Pacquiao

“It was not an easy fight. He’s a good fighter. I threw a lot of jabs in the beginning to counter his hook and uppercut. I felt his power. He’s so strong. I could tell he was looking to land the big shot throughout the fight.”

“I was in control from the first round, but I never felt overconfident.”

“He took a lot of punches and never even seemed hurt.”

Re inability to get the KO: “I am not disappointed. I know he is a defensive fighter. I felt some of his punches. I was focussed on a strategy to dominate him.”

Joshua Clottey

“He has very good movement. He has great speed. It was very difficult for me to handle. I didn’t feel Manny’s power. It’s just that his speed was too much for me.”

“He has speed, I lost the fight. He’s fast, that’s why I was taking my time.”

“I won a couple of rounds. I don’t think I lost all the rounds.”

“I always accept defeat. I didn’t lose to (Miguel) Cotto or (Antonio) Margarito but I did lose to Manny Pacquiao.”

“I want to apologize to my fans. Next time, I’ll come back big.”

Freddie Roach (Pacquiao’s trainer)

“I thought we won every round. We pressured him. He had a good defense but good defense isn’t enough to win the fight.”

“He fought a defensive fight. When you fight for the world title it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I thought he would have thrown more punches. He was in survival mode and when guy is trying to survive it is hard to knock him out.”

Lenny de Jesus (Clottey’s trainer)

“Joshua had the power to knock him out, but was reluctant to punch. We clearly got beat. I don’t think we won a round.”

Bob Arum (promoter)

“What was he supposed to do? If he played offense he’d get knocked out. I can’t blame the kid for trying to wear him down.”

On the potential bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr (provided he beats Shane Mosley)

Pacquiao: “The people want that fight, they want to see that fight. It’s up to him. For me, it’s no problem to fight him. I will fight him any time. He should win against Mosley. If not, Mosley and I will fight. [Mayweather’s] style is not a difficult style. He needs to handle his business in his next fight.”

“I want that fight, the world wants that fight, but it’s up to him. I’m ready to fight any time.”

Roach: “It’s the fight the world wants to see. Me and Manny want to see it. Floyd, let the commission do their job. You don’t run the sport. Get in the ring and fight us.”

Arum: “Manny will break down any defense. He never gets tired. He throws a million punches. If Mayweather doesn’t come out of his shell Manny will pile up the points like he did tonight. When you’re in with a buzz saw, it’s very difficult to do anything. Manny prevented Clottey from throwing his punches by throwing his own punches, and he throws from so many angles.”

Undercard action

The undercard was a bit of a snore fest.  The match-ups suggested slug fests but they were all tactical fights, with a couple going the full distance.

Of the notable bouts: Humberto Soto dominated former Pacquiao victim David Diaz via unanimous decision.  Alfonso Gomez made Jose Luis Castillo quit after the fifth round.  John Duddy took a split decision from Michael Medina.

That’s about it.

Final thoughts

  • Great crowd, but seriously, most of the people there would have had no idea what was going on sitting so far away from the ring.  They would have had to watch the screens.  Watching the ring would have been like watching two ants in a matchbox.
  • What a bloody long walk to the ring for both fighters!  I was worried they’d be too tired to fight by the time they finally got there.
  • Clottey showed the best Prince Naseem Hamed impersonation with his hilarious dancing all the way to the ring.  Even his corner got into it.  Pacquiao should sing and Clottey should dance.
  • What was the deal with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders singing the American national anthem?  Hilarious.  To be honest though, they were surprisingly good.
  • Good on Manny for using a double-handed head squeeze on Clottey just to try and wake him up.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work.
  • And if (and it’s a big if) Mayweather can down Mosley and if (an even bigger if) the fight with Pacquiao can be made, it’s hard to see Mayweather winning unless he takes some big risks or can somehow land a big counter to knock Manny out.  Otherwise, the most likely outcome is Pacquiao by unanimous decision.
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