DALLAS Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas–(MindaNews/DateLine Philippines) – “I like this fight with Joshua Clottey because there’s no trash talk,” WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said in his opening remarks during Wednesday’s press conference here at the stadium’s top viewing floor.
He said one does not need to demean another or even act out to show how good a boxer a person is, obviously referring to the failed Pacquiao-Mayweather fight which was marred by mudslinging and trash talk.
“This is not about acting too much (because), our goal and concern is how we can give a good fight and entertain a lot of people,” Pacquiao told reporters.
Joshua Clottey, the challenger for Saturday’s welterweight title fight, expressed his high respects for the seven-division title holder Filipino even as he noted he understands the Pacman plans to “beat the crap out of me.”
The Ghanaian boxer, however, will enter the boxing ring with a strong chin, big built and counter-punching prowess. Urging Pacquiao fans earlier to “watch very very closely what’s gonna happen after round one,” he told MindaNews a surprise awaits boxing fans worldwide on fight night.
Pacquiao is expected to easily make the scales for Friday’s weigh in. Assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez said the Pacman is presently at 143 lbs, four pounds away from the 147 lb weight limit for welterweights. Clottey, for his part, plans to add more weight after the weigh in. He wants more power for his offense and resistance for Pacquiao’s combination.
At the fight’s opener, Filipino boxer Eden Sonsona ( 18-5, 5 KOs) of General Santos City will tangle with Mauricio Pastrana( 35-12-2, 24 KOs) of Monteria, Colombia for an eight-round Bantamweight fight.
Five other fights are listed in the schedule before HBO starts airing live by 8 pm three undercard fights, with Mexican Alfonso Gomez ( 21-4-2, 10 KOs) vying for the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title against Jose Luis Castillo ( 60-90-1, 52 KOs) of California.
Another 10 round Middleweight boxing match between Michael Medina (22-1-2, 17 KOs) of Mexico and John Duddy (28-1, 18 KOs) of Ireland follows.
David Diaz ( 35-2-1, 17 KOs) of Illinois will mix it up with Humberto Soto ( 50-7-2, 32 KOs) of Mexico for the 12 round WBC Lightweight title. Merpu Roa/MindaNews