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article imageClottey Plays Down Size Advantage Against Pacquiao

By Edwin Ladaga     Jan 23, 2010 in Sports
Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey underrates his size and physical advantage in his upcoming fight with Manny Pacquiao in March 13 at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium in Texas.
"It is a size advantage. I am the bigger man in the ring" said Clottey in a recent interview with Hard Core Sports Radio.
"I am not saying that the bigger you are, the more advantage you have because in boxing, anything can happen. All I can say is I will prepare really well."added the hard hitter from Ghana.
The idea that Pacquiao is facing a big fighter is nothing new to the Filipino superstar. When he climb up in weight to fight Barrera at 126 pounds in 2003, boxing reporter Brian Kenny though he was too small for the Mexican warrior. The same argument had been blurted out when Pacquiao fought Morales at 130 pounds, Diaz at 135 pounds, Hatton at 140 pounds, Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto in the welterweight division. All of these opponents were brutally knocked out by the pound for pound king.
Joshua has been in the business for a long time to realize that size doesn't necessarily win fights. He knew that Pacquiao won his fights through improved defense and great foot and hand speed. Clottey mentioned that he will be aggressive come fight time and would use his size to his advantage.
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