Clottey will use his defensive strength against Pacquiao

09/03/2010 12:20
Joshua Clottey says he will try to capitalize on his natural defensive skill to foil Manny Pacquiao's potent offensive fighting style and hope to land a lethal blow to snatch Pacquiao's WBO welterweight crown.
Joshua Clottey is known for his defensive fighting skill which he has developed throughout his fairly successful boxing career.
On Saturday the former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey will face one of the world best offensive boxers to prove that his defense will hold.
Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao will try to demolish his fortified defense arsenal with his non-stop offensive punches.
“I keep telling people I didn’t lose the Cotto fight because I don’t feel I did,” Clottey said. “When [Pacquiao] beats guys like Cotto, he beats guys that don’t have a good defense. I have a defense.”
The popular boxer from Ghana promises he will come forward and attack. "It will be an exciting fight, as they are predicting," said Clottey. "I'm always coming forward to face my opponent and fight like a man, not like I just come in like that, I come forward with timing.
"Everything is in my head, I'm always looking, and the truth is I'm a forward fighter."
Clottey is coming to face Pacquiao with his superior advantage in reach and height. Despite Clotteys natural physical advantage over Pacquiao, hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach says Pacquiao will finish Clottey inside nine rounds.
A week before Pacquiao's entourage moved to Texas for the final phase of training, Freddie Roach changed his prediction and said Pacquiao will finish Clottey inside six rounds. Pacquiao's speed and power will be too much for Clottey to take, Roach stressed after observing how Pacquiao punished his sparring partners who are physically superior that the popular Filipino boxer.
The Pacquiao-Clottey match will take place at the giant Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas on March 13. At stake is Pacquiao's WBO welterweight crown.

(original article appeared @ Digital Journal )

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