TEXAS, MARCH 11, 2010
(MALAYA) Filipino ring king Manny Pacquiao said his lightning fast speed will be enough to nullify Joshua Clottey’s size advantage when the two meet in Dallas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

"My quickness will be the key, my speed," the seven-time world champion told Reuters as he prepared for a public workout in front of a throng of fans.

However, the WBO welterweight champion is not taking his Ghanaian opponent lightly.

"You cannot underestimate Joshua Clottey," he said. "He’s a good fighter, and he’s bigger than me, and I have to be very focused in the fight."

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach acknowledges that former IBF title holder Clottey, a natural welterweight, has a size advantage over the champion, who began his career forty pounds lighter.

"But I don’t think size wins fights," he said. "I think skill does. He may be a little stronger than Manny on the inside, he might hit a little harder, but I think our speed will nullify that."

Roach said he has been watching footage of Clottey’s fights, and has identified a few key habits that he and his fighter intend to exploit.

"He’ll wait for you to throw a combination and then, when you’ve stopped, he’ll throw back. So if you stand in front of him, you’re an idiot," he said. "We’re not going to do that. He’s not going to be able to find us.

"Sometimes he uses his head," Roach said of Clottey, 35-3 (20 KOs), whose first defeat came when he was disqualified for head butting.

"If you fall into the pocket with him, his best punch is an uppercut and his second best punch is a headbutt. So we’re not going to go in there. We’re going to fight him at distance."

A crowd of several hundred watched Pacquiao’s workout, a turnout that a beaming Pacquiao, 50-3-2 (38 KOs), described as "amazing."

Pacquiao’s open workout, held at a warehouse-like workout space and media center at the Gaylord Texan Hotel, was watched by more than 1,000 adoring fans.

Those who wanted to watch the finest pound-for-pound fighter stretch and punch and dance waited nearly an hour for that privilege. One woman, Linda Parong of Dallas, took a day off from her work at a Dallas health-care clinic to watch Pacquiao swat and sweat.

"I am Filipino myself, so of course I am a Manny fan," she said. "Boxing is a national sport in the Philippines, and he is a national hero."

Parong has already bought tickets to Saturday’s fight. "The $50 ones. I am poor!" she said, wearing a Pacquiao T-shirt and relishing the chance to see the champ up close and personal.

The fight will be the first to be held at Cowboys Stadium, with 45,000 spectators expected to attend, and the Filipino said he was looking forward to the opportunity to show his skills in front of such a large audience at a new venue.

"I’m very excited to fight in Cowboys Stadium, especially because this is the first fight there," said Pacquiao. "It’s an honor to fight in Dallas. I can’t wait until Saturday. This is for the fans. This is my chance to show them what I can do."

Unlike Clottey who worked out for about 20 minutes and talked for at least 20 more during his media day last Monday, Pacquiao was almost entirely business. The Las Vegas Sun said he did lend some promotional shenanigans to the session, posing for photos with none other than fight fan and former Cowboy playmaker Michael Irvin. Top Rank chief Bob Arum and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, along with Pacquiao even "presented" Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones with a bottle of wine.

Nike introduces Manny Pacquiao tees for upcoming fight Living

(MALAYA) NIKE Philippines suits up Pacquiao fans with the introduction of new Manny Pacquiao inspired Tees – Nike Pride, Pac-Man Knows, and Fight Night tees and the release of the MP Trainer SC 2010 Low. The new Nike tees are scheduled to be released on March 5 while the MP Trainer SC 2010 Low is scheduled to drop on March 10 in select Nike stores nationwide. The effort is a testament of Nike’s continued support for the pound-for-pound king.

On March 13, 2010, Manny will step into the boxing ring to take on Joshua Clottey and this time, he won’t be the contender as his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title is on the line. All eyes will be on Manny Pacquiao again as he takes on another historic battle and Nike Philippines continues its commitment as it rallies the entire nation to support this amazing athlete.

"Nike is proud of all of Manny Pacquiao’s accomplishments," said Mae Dichupa, Nike Philippines Country Marketing Manager. "He serves as an inspiration to athletes around the globe and especially to the youth of the Philippines. His dedication to training, which is how he builds his physical and mental strength, plays a key factor in his success."

Nobody trains like Manny Pacquiao. Couple that discipline with his talent and skill and we have a world champion. What makes it even more special is that he is Filipino," added Dichupa.

TIn 1992, Nike training generated tremendous energy and momentum for the brand. The height of the crescendo was the debut of the Air Trainer SC III. How do you improve on the most iconic training shoe in the industry? How about making it 2 ounces lighter through the use of Nike Flywire, Phylite Midsole, Heel Max Air and Nike Diamond FLX Grooves. The result is the birth of the MP Trainer SC 2010 Low, specially designed with the Philippine flag’s colors of red, blue, white and yellow. The shoe celebrates the nationalism evident in every fight that Manny battles. Inspired heavily by Manny’s pride for and of his local origins, boxing fans are able to train like the champ himself. MP Trainer SC 2010 Low will retail for Php 5,295 on March 10 in select Nike stores nationwide.

TManny Pacquiao fans can express their support for the boxer with the release of three new Tees: Pride Tee, Pac Man Knows Tee and Fight Night Tee (Poster Tee). All Tees will retail for Php 1,195 on March 5.

The Nike Pride Tee banners the special Manny Pacquiao graphic introduced in his last bout against Miguel Cotto. The graphic depicts icons, symbols and defining moments that have been significant to Manny’s rise as the world champion.

Inspired by the "Knows" campaign that was originally created back in 1986, the Nike Pac Man Knows Tee continues to communicate authentic training experience and maximizes the energy of sport.

Paying tribute to the classic design of the traditional fight-night boxing poster, Nike’s Fight Night Tee showcases different icons relevant to Manny’s boxing career, chronicling his journey to success.

Nike continues its commitment to sporting excellence in boxing as in other sports disciplines. As through the last four years and into the future, Nike’s support for the world’s greatest Filipino boxer will continue to inspire young athletes to achieve their sports dreams.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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