No Mayweather, no problems, Pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao did not skip a beat and promptly turned his attention to number one welterweight contender and a former champion Joshua Clottey. Their twelve round welterweight championship battle scheduled for Saturday, March 13th, 2010 is dubbed “The Event”, because it will take place in Dallas at the Cowboys new stadium. The stadium will be configured for over forty thousand fans for “The Event” which would make it one of the largest fights in US history since a heavyweight bout between Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium in 1976. Just in case you are not able to go to Dallas, HBO pay Per View will broadcast this bout live starting 6:00 pm Pacific Time. Tickets will go on this Saturday, January 23rd at 10:00 am and could be purchased either at Cowboy Stadium or through Ticketmaster. Prices vary from $700.00 to $50.00, but every seat in the house is great according to Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones.
“I have wanted to bring a major boxing event to North Texas for many years, so why not bring in the biggest and the best?” asked Jones. “Manny Pacquiao is Boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound attraction and the world champion. Manny’s title defense against Joshua Clottey is not just a great fight, it is THE EVENT, and one we can showcase to the fullest in Cowboys Stadium. We’re going to promote this like it was the Super Bowl. This will be the fight to remember.”
Stylistically this is a better fight than Pacquiao Mayweather, because Clottey will fight, not run around and pot shot, and he is a big and strong welterweight, who could give Manny problems.
“This is a tough fight for us,” said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trusted coach:” Joshua is a big, strong welterweight, so we have a task in front of us. We have to find his strengths and flaws and figure out how to take away his strengths and take advantage of his weaknesses.”
Despite being a four to one favorite, Manny knows he is in for a tough fight and he is not underestimating his opponent.
“Joshua Clottey’s style is different from styles I have fought, “said Pacquiao:” Clottey is bigger and taller than Miguel Cotto. I thought his fight with Cotto was very close. I have to prepare and train hard for this fight because Clottey is a strong fighter and a former champion. I won’t promise that I’ll win, but I promise a good fight.”
Joshua Clottey (35-3,21KO’S) won an IBF welterweight championship in 2008 when he destroyed Zab Judah. Last year Africa native Clottey registered a controversial decision loss to Miguel Cotto; many ringside believed that he did enough to win that fight. Clottey still can not believe his good fortune at facing Pacquiao, but he plans to make the most out of this opportunity.
“This is a miracle opportunity for me,” said Clottey:”To share a ring with Manny Pacquiao is something I want to do because he is the best fighter pound for pound. He beat everyone in front of him, but I promise you that we are coming to fight and we will please the people.”
But nobody is as happy as Top Rank’s promoter Bob Arum. He was able to kill two birds with one stone; find a terrific opponent for his star fighter, Manny Pacquiao and stage it at a spectacular Dallas Cowboys new stadium and thus accommodate much more true fans.
“Yesterday we held a press conference in Cowboys Stadium, said Arum:” It was truly stupendous. It will be a great event held in the greatest stadium in the world. Those making the trip to Dallas will see a boxing event like they’ve never seen before.”