Saturday, March 13, 2010

All Set For Clottey - Pacquiao

The internecine battle among promoters to save from extinction the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is over. Promoter Bob Arum has won the mutually-destructive spat involving Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. over the issue of blood testing that wasted the richest ring earner of the new decade. “It’s Joshua Clottey who’s been chosen to wrest the WBO welterweight crown of Manny Pacquiao” says Top Rank’s Arum. Manny is facing his second New York-based fighter in Clottey having stopped Puerto Rican Miguel Angel Cotto last November 14 at Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena. March 13 2010 at Jerry Jones’ new Dallas Cowboy’s stadium in Arlington, Texas is when Pacquaio defends his seventh world title against Clottey---same time and date of Floyd Mayweather facing-Shane Mosley in a twelve-rounder at the Grand.
Doubts persists on how this twin bill can be delivered to a skeptic public that’s been burned by the junking of the Pacman-Money May booking. If the matches does materialize, I think it’s the Mayweather camp that’ll be eating Pacman’s dusts or my name is Dalai Mud. “The contracts for my fighters are finalized” says Top Rank’s Arum and “so are proposals for the Mayweather-Mosley card” countered Golden Boy Promotion’s Richard Schaefer. I wonder where HBO stands on this sticky issue having two of the hottest draws clashing with different foes on the same night. This marks the shortest rest period for the Filipino luminary who is in a demanding campaign for a congressional seat at his Sarangani district in Southern Philippines. It would have been a slugfest with a flair had Mayweather opted to fight Pacquiao instead of shooting his legs and ranting endlessly on the merits of Olympic type of blood testing. As a result, doctors are on the lookout for pugs afflicted with the wretched foot and mouth disease . It’s not only financially debilitating for fighters but energy-depleting for dejected fans. Manny is now primed and rarin’ to rumble with the sweet-punching Joshua. He has packed his fight trunks for a January 17 take-off from Manila for his Hollywood Wildcard gym. So let’s get this show going shall we?


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