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Life President
May 29, 2005
Manny Pacquiao sent out a warning shot to Floyd Mayweather Junior by drubbing Joshua Clottey, taking the African apart in twelve long, gruelling rounds.

The only reason this fight was scheduled was because of the row over drug testing between Pacquiao and Mayweather, with Mayweather facing Sugar Shane Molesley on May 1, and Pacquiao urged the American to resolve their differences and step up for what would be the biggest fight of the decade.

Clottey danced his way into the ring in typical Ghanaian fashion, showing absolutely no signs of being phased by the sheer dominance of Pacquiao. The African must have left his dancing shoes outside the ring, as he was pummelled for large parts of the fight.

Pac-Man came out of the traps in traditional fashion, aiming a number of blows below Clottey’s defence and into his stomach. Before the fight, Freddie Roach spoke at great length as to how Clottey’s defence restricts both his view and his defensive line and it looked to be a masterful spot.

The Phillipino gave away nigh on fifteen pounds but showed no signs of it, his dominance continuing throughout. Pacquiao mounted pressure in the second and third rounds, however he was shaken by Clottey’s signature right hand in the third, the African landing several heavy shots that had Roach making adjustments to the game plan.

The longer the bout was contested, the stronger Pacquiao grew and his rapid-fire combination shots were beginning to tell as early as the fifth round, Clottey visibly tiring. His defence stood firm, however, provoking Pacquiao to adopt a change in stance and almost draw him into attacks.

By the eighth round, Clottey was still seemingly absorbing the multitude of piston-powered punches Pacquiao was showering him with and even beginning to mount a challenge himself. That challenge was soon stopped in its tracks, Pacquiao responding with a vociferous combination.

In truth, the fight was over a long time before the twelfth round was called. Pacquiao utterly dominated the contender who showed little of what he is capable of. Every time Clottey showed an ounce of endeavour, Pacquiao responded by severing the momentum within a heartbeat. The 50,000 watching at the state of the art Cowboys Stadium in Texas were almost willing Clottey on at the last, but this was a foregone conclusion.

Talk will now fall onto the prospect of super fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather, something that has a definite sense of inevitability surrounding it now. The self proclaimed people’s champion of the Philippines won’t have it so easy then.