Manny Pacquiao set himself up for
the biggest bout of any non-heavyweight with another dominant performance
Pacquiao is likely to fight the winner of Floyd
Mayweather Jr and ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosely
who fight on 1 May.
The Pacman had no trouble in
unanimously outpointing Joshuna Clottey to retain his WBO welterweight title at
the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
In front of almost 51,000 fans, one
ringside judge gave Pacquiao every round, while the two others gave him all but
Clottey used a high glove defence and
tried to counter punch in bursts but his relative slowness and lack of work
rate let him down.
It was able to get him through the
fight but he was never competitive enough to trouble the pound-for-pound king
who wants Mayweather to beat Mosley so that they can be matched and earn at
least $40 million each.
Pacquiao, 31, should have fought
Mayweather instead of Clottey over the weekend but Money’s excessive blood testing
demands made the Filipino legend pull out.
“Clottey is a very tough
opponent,” Pacquiao said. “He was looking for a big shot.
“I want that fight (with
Mayweather), the world wants that fight, but it’s up to him.”
Pacman’s trainer Freddie Roach called
out Mayweather to mass cheers so it looks like it will happen by public demand
if nothing else.
Clottey, 32, made at least $1.25m
and Pacquiao earned $12m in what amounted to a good work out but at least it
added to his growing legend as an all-time great.
A budding politician, he’s gone
back to the Philippines to run for Congress next week.