By Jamal Dicky
Many boxing fans were impressed with Manny Pacquiao’s one-sided victory over the immobile Joshua Clottey. Pacman is a fireball and he is extremely well conditioned but his style is so flawed that any slick fighter can exploit him easily. Juan Manuel Marquez showed how easy it is to pick Manny Pacquiao apart.
You have to give credit to Bob Arum and Freddie Roach for handling Manny Pacquiao’s career. They carefully picked opponents that were tailor made for the small Filipino southpaw.
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The casual fans are very fickle; they will buy into any hype sold to them. Pacquiao is that hyped up product, he looks amazing against the right opponents. Joshua Clottey who just held his hands over his face hoping not to be knocked out. Oscar De La Hoya defeated himself by coming to the fight weight drained. Ricky Hatton came in head first with his hands by his side inviting the knockout. Miguel Cotto was never the same after the beating he received from Antonio Margarito.
Pacquiao had a list of worthy fighters to choose from; Devon Alexander, Timothy Bradley, Nate Campbell, Paulie Malignaggi, Yuri Foreman, Cory Spinks instead Pacquiao opted to take on a Joshua Clottey, a guy who despite his size doesn’t punch hard, stands in front of you and is not fast or slick. That fight turned out to be boring and uncompetitive with Manny winning a very easy decision against a man who was like a human punching bag.
Manny beat up on a bigger welterweight like Clottey, which is not impressive since the bigger man didn’t fight back. All Pacquiao did, was throw wild power combos all night hoping something lands flush on Clottey. This is not the UFC or Mixed Martial Arts, boxing is a sweet science and Pacquiao’s style of brawling and wild punches has no science, it’s something that ultimate fighting fans would enjoy, that’s probably why the UFC president Dana White is a huge Pacman fan.
Pacquiao isn’t scared of needles, he isn’t on steroids or HGH, and he isn’t scared to give blood, those were all excuses to get out of a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. the true pound-for-pound king. Pacquiao’s handlers know their fighter well, and they know he cannot fight slick counter punchers, so, they avoid them at all costs.
This is probably why Manny Pacquiao is hoping for Shane Mosley to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 1. Mosley is another perfect style match up for Pacquiao. Shane Mosley is a guy who will swing at Manny and come forward fighting Pacquiao’s fight. Pacquiao’s arms are so short that when opponents try to go toe to toe with him, his shots land first giving him the advantage. Pacquiao won’t be able to do that with the elusive Mayweather.
Mayweather won’t be there to be hit, he will give Manny Pacquiao so many angles and make him miss. Clottey was able to touch Manny when he threw punches, now picture Floyd Mayweather in that ring against Pacquiao; it would be a beautiful display of boxing mastery. Floyd Mayweather Jr. would be painting a picture, Pacquaio’s face would be the canvas, and Floyd’s fist the paintbrush.
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