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Now, I posted this in another thread. Maybe I'm giving Clottey too much credit, but here's a rough guess of what I think might happen...more or less...just for fun:
Rounds 1-3 Pacquiao takes it slow. Clottey is the one coming forward, but with his hands held high, and he lets Manny lead. Some good counters keep Manny from getting reckless, so he doesn't start the fight walking through Joshua like he has other guys.
4-6 gets a little closer as Manny gets accustomed to Clottey's general rhythm. Maybe Clottey is able to use his size enough to get a little respect from Manny, but we all know Pac can bang, so the respect would be mutual. If anything, I see Clottey maybe being able to steal a round or two so, going into the 8th, let's say it's.
5 rounds to 2 Pacquiao.
Now things get fun. Getting into deeper waters both men have enough confidence that they're still there, still fighting- and this applies mainly to Clottey- he feels 'alright, he hasn't stepped on me like he did Hatton or Cotto. Let's see what I can do...' and starts opening up a little more. I want to say Clottey is able to use his size to have a few moments, and steals a few rounds from the 7th- 9th.
Going into the last part of the fight I'll guess it's 6 rounds to 4 for Pacquiao, with Clottey having been stopped in his tracks a few times- if not hurt - and possibly even Manny having taken a good shot or two, smiling and shaking his head to say 'you didn't hurt me, man'!
Manny has had his moments, knows who is in front of him, has mixed it up a little, and now he decides to end the show and try and finish him. He takes all the later rounds, and I think a stoppage is in the realm of possiblity, but I'd say instead it's...
Manny Pacquiao 8 rounds to 4 (you do the math I'm lazy) UD.
If Pacquiao does stop Clottey, which I'm not sure he can, I'd say it'd come 10th or later. If it was earlier than that, I'd be fairly surprised. Not shocked, I guess, because Manny did something I didn't think he could with Cotto, but even now it'd be somewhat unexpected.
Styles make fights, but looks how Clottey responded to Margarito's pressure versus what happened to Cotto. Joshua is durable.
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