Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pick Your Poison: Pacquiao-Clottey

If you're not familiar with The Five (Deadly) Venoms, the premise of this piece, I strongly recommend that you read my earlier post "The Poison Clan Reborn in Pacquiao-Clottey".

The Toad Style is seemingly invincible.

The Toad's impregnable armor can withstand attacks from spears and swords - or attempts to puncture its skin through the use of an Iron Maiden. It can even be argued that the Toad Style builds its exponent a fortress impregnable by bullets.

However, the Toad cannot resist explosive pressure point strikes.

In other words, when struck in its weak spots with pinpoint accuracy, the Toad's defensive functions rapidly collapse.

There's no recourse at this point, as each progressive blow destroys the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems of the Toad.

Joshua Clottey, with his tight guard and strong chin, has been practically, in the infamous words of The Rzarector, "immune to all physical torture."

By this, I mean that Clottey has lost bouts, but not his senses. With a strong defense, he simply has let his fists and head bruise bone and tear flesh throughout his career. He's been able to do so relatively unimpeded by the risk of being knocked out.

But alas, Joshua Clottey is no Lo Mang the Toad. Clottey may be ripped like the Toad, but he doesn't have the nifty hands or feet.

Piercing the Toad's armor
from Five Deadly Venoms

Moreover, the defensive threshold of Clottey is much lower than that of the Toad. To defeat the Toad, his enemy must treacherously stick darts into his ears, his only weak spots. But a boxer can beat Clottey by relentlessly attacking the area between the Ghanaian warrior's ears.

Is such a task much easier said than done?

Absolutely. But we aren't talking about just any boxer; we're talking about Manny Pacquiao.

As tough as the Centipede was in Five Deadly Venoms, he could be had. On the other hand, Pacquiao hasn't been had since he dropped a decision to Erik Morales in March 2005.

The current Manny Pacquiao defends himself by causing blindness in his opponents. His Thousand Hands terrorize enemies because they come from constantly shifting positions and unexpected angles. This rapid missile fire naturally forms a fierce defensive perimeter for the Filipino fighting legend, who has an iron jaw - just in case something does get through.

These shadowless punches may be silent, but they explode upon impact. The track record shows that if a few don't do the job, a barrage will. All things considered, dynamic forces eat alive static defenses and pretty muscles.

That's why I think Joshua Clottey will get stopped late in the fight against Manny Pacquiao. I give him about ten rounds to be knocked out - for the first time in his professional career.

P.S. If you've already decided that you can't get enough Pacquiao-Clottey or Five Venoms, check out the instant classics "The Poison Clan Reborn in Pacquiao-Clottey" and "The Poison Clan Reborn in UFC 111".


  1. Nice one, Doc! I say the Pacman will take it on points. Clottey can take the punches, but I don't think he can outscore MP. Be worth watching, though!

  2. I hear what you're saying, LFC.

    As I've said, Joshua Clottey is an extremely tough and physical fighter. I don't think Manny Pacquiao will just knock him out with a big punch or two.

    When I say I can see Clottey getting "knocked out" for the first time in his career, I mean something more along the lines of getting constantly battered to the point by the Pacman that the ref has to intervene.

    Pacquiao has been evolving from fight to fight, and the reason I'm so excited about watching this bout against Clottey is that I want to see how his game has progressed.

  3. I agree completely that this fight won't be decided on points. I just don't think Clottey's tough enough to withstand the beating he's inevitably gonna take...and that's saying something because Clottey IS one tough mofo.

    You said it -- Pacman is evolving with every fight, and getting much more frightening every time he steps into the ring. Did anyone think he was gonna take Hatton down so easily? I certainly didn't. I agree that this fight will get stopped early by the ref intervening, but I don't think it will go nearly 10 rounds. 6 rounds, tops, in my opinion...

  4. Henry, six rounds is hardly impossible, in my opinion. It is, however, bold.

    Even Miguel Cotto, whose chin doesn't look to be nearly as strong as Joshua Clottey's, wasn't stopped until the final round.

    Clottey does have a plodding style, which makes him more vulnerable to the blinding assaults of Pacquiao.

    He has shown a tendency, like he did against Cotto, to let up late in fights.

    And we don't know what new dimension Pacquiao is going to bring this time around.

    Ultimately, what do you think will spell an early end for Clottey against Pacquiao?

  5. True that Clottey's chin looks stronger than Cotto's, but I was making my prediction (which I do agree is bold) based on two points:

    1.) The first one you raised yourself -- Clottey's plodding style. I just don't see him matching up as well against Pacman as somone like Cotto, who moves a bit better and is a bit more evasive.

    2.) But more importantly -- Pacman isn't gonna let up in this fight...at all. He's now got more of a chip on his shoulder, given the whole Floyd debacle, and I think that he's out to prove that he is the best pound for pound fighter, and Floyd better step up if he wants to prove otherwise.

    So really, for me, it comes down to the attitude that Pacman has going into this fight. I think that once he realized that he'd won the Cotto fight (which was relatively early on in the fight), he coasted. I don't see that happening this time.

  6. Henry, we were both off : Joshua Clottey managed to finish the entire length of the fight without getting knocked out.

    Nevertheless, Manny Pacquiao was masterful in the way he circled Clottey and mixed up head and body shots.

    My post-fight piece, titled The Thousand Arrows of Manny Pacquiao" is up, so go check it out.

    It's got references to the period swordplay epic Hero and some Mayweather-Mosley and Mayweather-Pacquiao teasers.


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