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Paclottey Thoughts

Pacquiao vs. Clottey was exactly the fight I expected, and yet somehow still frustrating. The way the fight went should have been obvious to everyone and their dog going in (and largely was!), and yet somehow Clottey was content to just let it happen round after round even though Pacquiao’s strategy was easily predictable and realistic, useful counters to that strategy were available. The way to deal with a Pacquiao for a Clottey is to close the distance and make a dirty ugly fight of it, hit him in the dick and headbutt him, rough him up and push him around on the inside; instead Clottey continued trudging slowly forward one step at a time, eating shots particularly to the body and throwing almost none back the whole way, for 36 minutes. Some of this was simply that Clottey was technically outmatched on an epic scale as was obvious, but some of it….I just don’t understand how someone like Clottey ends up in the biggest fight by far of his entire career in front of 50,000+ people against arguably the best and biggest star in the sport, with no plan B. This was THE moment of his career, his chance at stardom, and he came away from it likely to be known fairly or unfairly as the guy who just didn’t try very hard– he Rocky Juarez’ed it. What an epitaph to a career that is.

It’s easy to take Pacquiao for granted in a fight this one-sided, but he was sterling tonight. His quickness seems intact, his punching power still excellent despite the lack of the KO (he visibly hurt the ultra-rugged Clottey several times), his technical plan in there was precisely the one which he should have utilized and his ability to adhere to it round after round fighting at a fast pace against a tough opponent was superior. He’s as good a fighter as you’ll see in this era. I still favor Mayweather over him for reasons which can be gone into if that fight is ever actually made, but Pacquiao is clearly one of the two best fighters in the world. That he was able to turn over one of the top-5 welterweights in the world and win every single round so easily says a lot, whether or not it was predictable. He’s simply in a different class than every fighter out there other than Floyd.


– BANG Jim Lampley BANG has lost his BANGing mind for BANG good it seems. I appreciate the attempt to liven up a blah fight and all, but that was a truly psychotic interlude there.

– I do not know where this Kellerman-supported craziness about Clottey landing better punches on Pacquiao than all of Pacquiao’s recent opponents combined comes from. Clottey is heavy-handed and did some legitimate damage; but he had more opportunities to throw and land than any of the opponents he’s compared to because it was abundantly clear by round 2 or 3 that Pacquiao did not respect him at all and was in pure offense mode, looking to tee off at all times and get the Sportscenter KO. De La Hoya, Cotto, etc. actually and ironically landed less because they were better offensive fighters and Pacquiao knew it, causing him to take more care with his own defense. Styles make fights, y’all. I’m old enough to remember when Kellerman knew that.

– In related news, how many more broadcasts does Kellerman have to not make sense on until he gets the official Gordon Solie Memorial Shot Announcer trophy (it’s a small golden shot glass)?

– Jose Luis Castillo continuing to fight is one of the saddest things still going on in boxing. He doesn’t want to be in there and is fighting only to pay off his tax debt, and everyone knows it- the situation amounts to his selling his name to the records of prospects and pseudo-contenders like Fonso Gomez. Castillo in his prime kills Gomez dead; a fight like this now proves nothing other than that this turned out to be a dreadful undercard.

– Speaking of, at least the undercard set the theme for the evening, I suppose. Humberto Soto, John Duddy and Fonso Gomez all had essentially the same task before them as Josh Clottey did, to use the biggest stage any of them have ever or likely will ever appear on to make a statement and raise themselves up to the level of potential or actual star fighters who can drive some degree of interest on their own. All of them failed. Duddy looked like any average semi-skilled guy in his weight class, no different than any number of journeymen who fill out Friday Night Fights cards on ESPN. Gomez looked slow and timid against a shot smaller fighter. Clottey was discussed above. Soto may have been the most disappointing of them all in that while he’s obviously talented and well known to serious fans of the sport, he was facing a very hittable fringe name in David Diaz and did little with the opportunity to convey to people unfamiliar with him why they should remember his name or care about his future fights. The cliche about him, repeated on the broadcast, was that he’s as good as you can be without being special; tonight’s performance reemphasized how true that is. He’s good enough to beat all but the best at his weight, but unless you have a deep appreciation for technical nuances there’s just not much to get you invested in following his career.

Overall a vaguely disappointing night of fights, Pacquiao aside.


March 14, 2010 - Posted by | Boxing

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