Post-fight Notes on the Pacquiao-Clottey Fight
The recently concluded Pacquiao-Clottey match dubbed “The Event” turned out to be two very different things at the end of twelve rounds–for Manny Pacquiao, it was a sealing victory that served as a brilliant footnote to his magnificence as boxing’s pound-for-pound king; for Joshua Clottey, it was his million dollar version of a sparring session with the Pacman.
While the victory of Pacquiao was a cause for celebration for a lot of people, it was the lackadaisical performance of Clottey that drew the dismay and disappointment of the viewers, most especially the more than 50,000 crowd that jampacked the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, hoping to see a slugfest. Instead, they saw a challenger turtle-covering his way through each round, and hardly attempting to hurl a punch (which was nowhere near good for a knock-out punch) at his opponent, who would have been his ticket to fame had he displayed a decent offensive fight plan on the ring. Quinito Henson remarked at the end of the match that there was no need to wait for the judges’ announcements on who’s the obvious winner. From their own count, Pacman clearly outnumbered Clottey in thrown punches four times better, and connected twice the number of Clottey’s count. The only stat Clottey had the edge was the percentage of punches connected: after all, all he did was tuck behind his defense all throughout the fight. Clottey has never tasted getting floored on the canvass in his entire career, and he was probably thinking that if he will lose this one, he’d rather lose without lying flat on his back on the ring courtesy of Pacquiao’s fist.
This has actually led a lot of boxing critics to think of two possible things why Clottey fought the way he did yesterday: either he just fought for the money he was earning off the fight, or he was auditioning for Pacquiao’s next Rexona ad.
As for Manny, he simply adds (and probably ads, too) to the legend that he is right now. Right from the very beginning, the bets favor him eight-to-one. Had it not been for the good publicity built around Clottey as “the” contender, the bets would have been more than eight.
Be that as it may, this was still a legitimate fight that deserves to be counted and listed on the record books. Pacquiao kept his belt, while Clottey kept his record clean of any TKO.
So, to all the guys in the boxing promotion business, no more Clottey-ish fighters, please? We want Floyd Mayweather, Jr.!