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Pacman just wasting time.

MOST disappointing image of the week was seeing world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao squaring up to Ghana''s Joshua Clottey ahead of their fight 24 hours after Smith-Dodson in Dallas in March.

After getting all worked up and excited about the possible Floyd Mayweather match-up any other opponent was always going to prove an anti climax for fight fans.

Clottey's a game kid and exactly what we've come to love and expect from Ghana's conveyor belt of champions. But the fact remains he'll head to the ring after losing to Miguel Cotto last time out.

The same Cotto who Manny stopped in the 12th round in Vegas in November.

Pacquiao insists the Mayweather fight will go ahead, stating on Thursday: "It will happen. I''m still hoping a fight with Mayweather will be pushed through, maybe by summer time."

But why wait? Why not make the fight now while both are in shape? For the simple reason that Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach are no fools. They know the night Manny steps into the ring with Mayweather the gravy train comes off the tracks and there will be nowhere for Pacman left to go.

Sure fighting Clottey makes business sense, but to us fight fans it makes absolutely no sense at all.

Manny, to be the best you've got to beat the best and that's why 'Pretty Boy' Floyd Mayweather remains the pound-for-pound world number one.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 23, 2010
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