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Pacquaio has challenged some of the best fighters over the past decades and beaten them. Name a big name and name a division, Pacquaio has fought them and Pacquaio has been king of so many divisions.
Joshua Clottey came into the big fight this past Saturday with nothing to lose and promised to be Pacquaio’s biggest challenge. Instead, he simply turn this bout into a boxing match and by the second of the half of the fight; Clottey became a sparring partner.
Clottey’s problem against Pacquaio was that of style.
He has always been a fighter who threw punches judicially and against Pacquaio; this cost him big time. here were times that he threw accurate punches that nailed the Pac Man but often he was out punched and out worked.
In the second round, Clottey caught most of Pacquaio’s punches as part of a grand strategy in which Clottey would play rope a dope in the attempt to tire out Pacquaio.
Even in third round, there were moments that it appeared that Clottey started to penetrate Pac Man’s defense as he answered back near the end of the third round.
Clottey’s dilemma was shown in the third round. Pacquaio forced Clottey to the rope and while Clottey connected accurately; he failed to throw enough punches.
Clottey’s defense provided difficulty for Pacquaio to penetrate and while he outworked his opponent, Clotty found it a thorny problem to land punches consistently.
In the sixth round, Clottey’s failure to throw punches in bunches was costing him rounds. He managed to get Pacquaio on the rope and threw a combination but the Pacman punched his way out of trouble and then added a four punch combination to the body and then finished up to the head.
Clottey landed a right that jarred Pacquaio but he countered with punches to the body and concluded the round with three punches off the rope. For the final six rounds, Pacquaio put his fight game into overdrive and Clottey simply covered up.
In the first six rounds, Clottey was competitive in the third and six rounds but after the six rounds, Pacquaio’s speed paralyzed him and froze any response the Ghanaian fighter had.
Despite pleas from his corner to take chances, Clottey found himself in a situation similar to past Pacquaio opponents, unable to react as every punch he threw got countered by three or four from Pacquaio.
The final punch stats told the story of the fight.
Pacquaio threw four punches for every one Clottey threw and he connected on more than double the punches than his opponent. While Pacquaio was not the accurate puncher as in past fights, his punch total simply overwhelmed Clottey.
This was a case of too many punches thrown by a simply faster fighter.
If Pacquaio continued his quest for the big PPV with the winner of the Mosley-Mayweather, Jose Luis Castillo saw a great career end at the hands of Alphonso Gomez.
The former “Contender” series graduate, Gomez simply dominated the action as he took the fight to Castillo. At the end of the first round, a four punch combination delivered by Gomez set the pace of the rest of the fight.
Castillo showed the ravages of age as he no longer could handle speed of a younger fighter. Castillo, who was one of the best lightweight fighters at the beginning of this century, is now simply a slow Welterweight.
Gomez, who ended Arturo Gatti’s career, did the same to Castillo as after the fifth round, when Castillo corner ended the fight. Castillo, whose face was reddened, went back to the corner after the end of the fifth round a beaten fighter.
Castillo’s career is now over.
In the opening bout of the Telecasts, John Duddy fought Michael Medina in a Middleweight bout that did little to enhance Duddy prospect as a Middleweight contender.
Duddy won a split decision but there was little to suggest that he is an elite middlweight. As HBO’s Emanuel Steward observed, Duddy has to decide if he is boxer or puncher and he never really took advantage of his natural size advantage or power against Medina, a natural junior Middleweight.
Humberto Soto gave David Diaz a boxing lesson as he won the interim WBC light weight title. Diaz attacked Soto but Soto simply picked Davis apart as Davis moved into Soto’s punching pocket.
At the end of the round, Soto put a punctuation mark on the round as a short left hook sent Diaz down for a 10-8 round. In the first half of the fight, Diaz tried to penetrate Soto’s defense but he simply out maneuvered his opponent and Diaz couldn’t move forward without being nailed by combination of punches.
Diaz started to wear Soto down over the second half of the fight as the smaller Soto fell victim to a three punch combination starting with a straight left followed by a right and then another left in the seventh round for Diaz’s best offense at that point of the fight.
While Soto still had the advantages, Diaz punches started to show effect. In the ninth and tenth round, Diaz forced Soto to the rope and while Soto punches were accurate, Diaz’s punches appeared to have more steam but Diaz needed a knockout to win the fight as the championship rounds approached.
The 11th round ended with both fighters exchanging rounds and the opening of the final round saw similar actions as Soto landed two rights whereas Diaz drilled two rights of his own before getting nailed with a Soto’s combinations.
Soto started to take control and as Diaz launched a wild punch that missed, Soto countered with a combination that sent Diaz down. Diaz managed to get up but the fight was effectively over as Soto ended the 12th round as he ended the first with a knockdown.
Soto won an easy decision as he took nine rounds on two of the judges’card and seven rounds on another. He obtained his second championship belt due to his boxing skills.
The evening belonged to Pacquaio as he moved closer to what could be boxing’s biggest purse provided that Mayweather is able to beat Mosley. The Pac Man continued to cement his legacy as the best pound for pound fighter in this generation as he added one more name to a resume full of great boxing names.