Naazim Richardson believes that Joshua Clottey showed how to fight Manny Pacquiao in 2010. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
That headline may frighten some hoping for a good fight tonight, as Manny Pacquiao's November win over Antonio Margarito was excitingly one-sided, while his March 2010 win over Joshua Clottey was the one truly dull fight Pacquiao has had in a long, long time.
But Lem Satterfield reports that it's Pacquiao-Clottey that Naazim Richardson and Shane Mosley have learned from on video, not Pacquiao-Margarito.
"If you go back and watch that, when Margarito hurt Pacquiao the most, Pacquiao actually had gotten caught in the ropes dividers, which ran him into the second body shot that hurt him. ... Because Clottey was so defensive, a lot of times, when guy covers up like that, it pulls a guy in to start punching more. ... So that's why Clottey got those kinds of opportunities that he got. He just didn't take full advantage of them. Shane has no option but to take advantage of that."
Mosley, 39, and his trainer are hoping to finally have the game plan that solves Pacquiao, the fighter Richardson called "boxing's Rubik's cube" last week. Both Clottey and Margarito landed shots on Pacquiao, but for different reasons. Richardson and Mosley both feel that if those fighters can land, then Shane Mosley can land, and Mosley's power will be the difference that propels him to victory.
Bad Left Hook will continue with immense coverage of Pacquiao vs Mosley, and we'll be live at 7pm with the Red Carpet event on Showtime Extreme, followed by live, round-by-round coverage, scoring, and immediate post-fight analysis for the full Pacquiao vs Mosley pay-per-view card.