What makes a blockbuster movie? Nice cinematography, good actors and most of all a good script. A good villain can certainly bring intrigue and excitement because having all actors act as good guys is plainly boring. This March 13 boxing brought two explosive welterweights to the ring in front of 45,000 screaming fans in the sophisticated megadome in Dallas Cowboys.
Manny Pacquiao wants to fight the best and with Floyd Mayweather Jr. out the only logical opponent is Joshua Clottey when Shane Mosley was supposed to be battling out with Andre Berto at that time.
Clottey was given the chance of a lifetime after series of heartache losses to the hands of Cotto and Margarito. Clottey is the much hungrier fighter but Manny has a legacy to protect. There are two sides in a coin and in every game there is always a winner and a loser. I like Clottey’s chances but I just think Manny will overwhelm Clottey just like what he did to Miguel Cotto. Let’s try to evaluate each boxer according to Speed, Power and Preparedness
This is Manny’s forte but Joshua has already face speedster boxers on his career like Zab Judah and he handled it fairly okay but the difference between Judah and Manny is that Pacquaio have power on both hands. Amidst his high guard ear muff defense Clottey is very hittable and if you have speed and power there won’t be any defense for that.
Joshua Clottey is a welterweight fighter for most of his career and took Margarito and Cotto’s best shot with ease. He can take Manny’s power but the question would be for how long? Clottey is not just any other welterweight he is a big fighter who balloons into a 160 pound fighter in fight night. He definitely has the edge in power and obviously his fight plan is to use his brute force and impose his strength on Manny.
Manny had been on his best camp ever coming to the training camp well prepared and had been studying their game plan from day 1 to fight night. Clottey’s preferred trainer was stranded in Ghana when his visa was denied and that elevate former Pacquiao cutman Lenny De Jesus as head trainer. Clottey admitted he never watched any of Manny’s tapes while he was in training which means he had only one game plan to attack Manny. Pushing and pressuring him with force. The most prepared student Aces his exam and for this fight it’s definitely Manny.
Manny in 6th rounds…
Two fighters fighting it out for legacy, two fighters bringing each other’s nation, two fighters who respect each other… it just goes to show that two good guys can give a blockbuster performance win or lose in the end the good prevails.