Manny Pacquiao "Easily Dominates" Joshua Clottey

via ESPN.com

That's how Bad Left Hook describes it:

Joshua Clottey said he'd be aggressive.

Joshua Clottey lied.

Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KO) easily won a unanimous decision against a tentative, scared Clottey (35-4, 20 KO) on scores of 120-108, 119-109, 119-109. Bad Left Hook scored it 119-109 for Pacquiao.

Clottey just did not come to win this fight. In the second (the only round we gave Clottey), it looked like maybe it would be a fight. But it was not. Pacquiao landed 246/1231 (20%, to Clottey's 108/399 (27%). The fight was not even remotely close. Not even close. Miguel Cotto put up far more of a fight than did Clottey, who gave the fight away. Period. He gave the fight away.

As for using this fight to hype a potential superfight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Pacquiao offered this:

"I want that fight, the world wants that fight, but it's up to him," Pacquiao said.

Max Kellerman's point was salient: Clottey barely lost to top welterweights yet couldn't win a round against Pacquiao. There was some pre-fight discussion about whether a dull win over Clottey would dampen interest in a mega-fight with Mayweather, but it was Clottey who did more damage to his stock. He had less to lose, but more to gain and all he really did was clearly and unequivocally demarcate himself as an incapable challenge to top tier talent.

Some have suggested there isn't really "boxing" after a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, but there is no resolution to the existing tension until the matter is resolved. The interest hasn't damped at all and provided Mayweather does the expected, it's extremely difficult to see where either fighter goes from there save a collision course with one another.

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