Manny Pacquiao sets sights on Mayweather clash

By Joshua Modaberi
Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Bret Newton)

Manny Pacquiao has played his part in setting up a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. later this year after defeating Joshua Clottey in front of a 50,000 strong crowd at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Clottey was able to last the distance mainly due to his defence but did not really threaten the Philippine boxer.

On the night that the ‘Pac-Man’ was supposed to be fighting Mayweather, he dominated the fight from the opening bell, relentlessly throwing punches throughout the 12 rounds, with most of his success coming from landing body shots.

Pacquiao defended his WBO World welterweight title with a unanimous points decision, the three ringside judges scoring the bout 120-108, 119-109, 119-109.

Speaking after the fight Pacquiao said: “He’s a very tough opponent, he was looking for a big shot.”

Attentions will now turn to Mayweather who takes on Shane Mosley on May 1 in Las Vegas, with the winner expected to fight reigning pound for pound king Pacquiao later on in the year.

The fight that had previously been agreed between Mayweather and Pacquiao fell apart when the camps of both men couldn’t agree on the drug testing procedure ahead of the bout.

Floyd Mayweather’s camp wanted blood tests to be carried out by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which conduct tests anytime from when the fight is signed to the day of the clash. But the Pacquiao camp refused to provide these samples, only willing to allow blood to be taken from Pacquiao at least 30 days before the fight date as well as immediately after the conclusion of the bout.

On a potential showdown with Mayweather, Pacquiao said: “I want that fight, the world wants that fight, but it’s up to him.”

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