Pacquiao vs. Clottey: THAT WAS A PRIZE FIGHT

I decided to create this post so all of us that watched the fight or like boxing can talk about it in one place. Also, in fairness, to the sports averse among us it gives them an opportunity to skip this and not have to scroll past endless post in the Rec Room they have no interest in.

One last piece of business before I spew out my take on this damn good fight. I would like to give a tip of the cap to our resident simian one Mr. Franklin T. Marmoset for correctly saying the fight will go the distance. Good call Frank and you have earned the extra bananas coming your way this week good sir. Now on to my brief take on the fight, I look forward to the discussion to follow.

The first 8 rounds it looked like Clottey was going to get popped, and soon, probably in the ninth round. Pacman was systematically beating him down those first eight rounds. Clottey didn’t seem to have an answer for the damage Manny was inflicting on him.

Then the 9th round hit and Clottey dug deep into his heart and decided to not go out like a punk. I think he knew he wasn’t going to win on points and knocking Manny out is damn near impossible so he decided to stand up and earn his respect. This is the beauty of boxing, or any sport really, but boxing especially; that sacred moment when one man decides to leave it all on the ring or the field and damn the consequences. Boxing truly is a  metaphor for life.

Round 10 Clotty landed some nice body shots and took the damage that Pacman was throwing. Round 11 was where Clottey showed his true fighting heart. He landed three uppercuts that looked like they surprised Pacman and stood him up. Clottey had two combinations that were impressive and tried to stay on the attack against Pacquiao. Clottey didn’t quite do that but he did blunt Manny’s offense a bit which is impressive since Pacman usually owns the late rounds.

Round 12 was where the flurries and the hope of landing the big blow comes into play and Clottey acquitted himself honorably. Young Joshua Clotty can hold his head high, he fought like a man and was defeated but not beaten by a superior fighter. It was damn good fight and both men should be proud of what they accomplished.

One last point the undercards were also good fights.

Well that’s it for the fight recap let’s break it down in the ChangBack people.

Mahalo,

Xiphos

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28 responses to “Pacquiao vs. Clottey: THAT WAS A PRIZE FIGHT”

  1. xiphos0311 says :

    FYI I had taken some notes during the fight on a bar napkin but it got wet from spilled drinks and condensation and the ink ran. Because of that I wrote this mostly on memory and what I could make out on the napkin plus a bit of a hand from ESPN. If anything is wrong I blame it on the napkin.

  2. Continentalop says :

    That damn napkin. It always fucks things up.

  3. MORBIUS says :

    What’s a Paquino/Clottery? Has it anything to do with hemophilia? H1N1?

  4. jarv says :

    Fuck- I really wanted to watch this.

    Fucking wedding

  5. Tom_Bando says :

    Sounds like Duran/Hagler or Giant Robot/DrBotanus. Good times, good times

  6. Toadkillerdog says :

    I saw the fight, it was boring to me. Clottey was only interested in surviving. I do agree with Xi that he came alive in the last two or three rounds, especially the 12, but it was far too little far too late. Clottey did absolutely nothing during the first 9 rounds. Just played defense and pacman whacked away to no avail. Pacman could not get inside of Clotteys defense but clottey never attempted offense until the last two rounds! Just mind numbingly stupid. He hurt pacman in maybe the 11th or 12th round, I was getting drunk so it kind of blurred but the fight was not worthy of being paid for.
    I came away totally unimpressed with either fighter. Mayweather will easily, i repeat easily beat pacamn. Mayweather fights a defensive style, but has power and knows when to attack. Manny is a truly gifted fighter but i say again, he has retained his power from HGH. No way he moves through seven weight classes and keeps his power just by bulking up. Does not work that way. When he faces Floyd, he will have to have been clean for a while, and pack on the pounds the old fashioned way, he will lose power he will lose speed, he will be beaten. I think he would lose to mayweather even with the HGH, but I am more convinced than ever he will lose. And that is good and bad for boxing. I like pacman, but I want an honest fight.

    • Jarv says :

      I’d bet on Manny, roids or otherwise taking Mayweather. He’s just a superme fighter.

      • Tom_Bando says :

        I donno, I don’t see Manny being that good a fighter myself. Now Ortiz, on the other hand—

        I think Xiphos will get this one.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        I think both of them are off the “supplements” Tom so unless they use bats it might end up being a slap fight between sissies.

      • Tom_Bando says :

        I always got a kick outta the ‘where’s Manny’s Money’ story. Turned out he loaned his BMW (or whatever) to Manny Alexander (another roider(!)) a few years back on the Sawks, Alexander happened to open up the glove box and out spilled some 80 grand in loose bills(!) Manny had just cashed the week’s check(!) and stuffed it into the glove compartment.

        No joke.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        Hey Tom did you see Manny’s ad on Craigs List few years ago when he was trying to sell his tricked out Chrysler 300 and an expensive gas BBQ? One of the pictures was of him standing at the barbi with a set of tongs in his hand and giving the thumbs up sign. That one still makes me chuckle.

    • xiphos0311 says :

      Frank and toad here’s why I thought it was a good fight.

      1. Almost all trainers tell their fighters that defense is how you beat Pacman and they all have failed this proves it again.

      2. I enjoy the hell out of a fighter showing heart. It will always get to me since most fights hardly ever show any cojones by any fighters. When a guy digs deep like Clottey did it automatically makes me like the fight.

      3. I enjoyed watching Manny systematically break down Clottey’s defense since defense is what Clottey built his career on.

      4. I don’t think Mayweather will win because the rolling shoulder style of defense that Floyd uses will cause his hands and wrists to take a huge load of punishment from Manny. Pacman knows how to wear a guy out and make the other fighter lose power by beating his arms and wrists when that guy is on defense.

      • Toadkillerdog says :

        i heatr ya xi, i too like fighters that fight and show herat. clottey did not fight – muchat keats not until late rounds, frankie was right clottey did not look like he wnated to win just to survive andg get his two million or whatever. you make some good points about mayweathers style but i think everyone tries to attack him because of that and they all lose becaue they forgetthat floyd can really box and he has great power manny has never face a challenger with tah kind of power -or at leats one who was wulling to use it unlike clottey. aw shit rufus is waking up and licking his lips that means he wants tos start ddrining again, im not suee i can keep up befoe i ass out

  7. Continentalop says :

    Ok, I have a confession to make – I didn’t watch the fight. I’ve been down of late and just didn’t feel like going to the bar or a friend’s house to watch it. I’ll check it out on TiVo at my friends place if I get a chance.

  8. Barfalicious says :

    I started to ask last night (but took it down because I was ever so delicately and slightly inebriated) but who fights in the “straw” weight class? At first all I could think of were jockeys but even they would be too heavy.

    • Barfaloopy says :

      Thanks Franklin. It’s so petite! I know I’ve never seen a fight at that weight.

    • xiphos0311 says :

      Where I boxed in my teens, Phoenix Arizona had tons of small boxers all either Mexican or of Mexican descent.

      One thing about the small guys they could hit fast and the usually could land a lot of blows quickly they have fast hands. Usually though not loads of power but they can wear on you just by the sheer number of blows they can land.

    • Toadkillerdog says :

      spped can nit be taught thats why bruce lee was so geat god im dfucked up. xi im happy you enjied the fight it was just toomuch duck an cover for me, i beat rusus in the drinkin contest today

    • xiphos0311 says :

      Show me a fighter that doesn’t punk out and has heart and I’m sold.

    • herr milflover says :

      Under 105 and 5’2″?
      Is that midget boxing?
      And can it be as amusing as midget wrestling?

  9. Continentalop says :

    I like the weight class that Monty Burns wrestles/fights at: Either weight.

  10. Barfaloopy says :

    I’m not about to point and giggle at any particular part of their physique. I don’t run fast enough. 😉

  11. xiphos0311 says :

    Enjoy the Elvis sandwiches Frank. Just don’t hit the crapper right after eating one of those yummy fried banana and peanut butter sammys.

  12. Tom_Bando says :

    I always liked Wilfred Benitez (the Late Wilfred), Mr. Counter-Puncher extraordinaire, and of course Hagler.

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