Manny Pacquiao is the best boxer in the world, holding the pound for pound crown with an iron fist. He is an active, fighting champion, set to step in the ring again this Saturday just four months after dispatching of Miguel Cotto. Four months may seem like a long time, but we live in an era where we are lucky if a championship level fighter fights twice in one year.
Pacquiao is not taking any easy routes either. He is set to take on top rated contender Joshua Clottey. Clottey has fought an excellent level of competition, including giving the likes of Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito very tough fights that went the distance. Clottey has never been stopped and is a former IBF Welterweight Champion.
Despite Clottey’s solid reputation as a world class boxer, he is considered a large underdog in this fight. Odds makers peg Joshua as approximately a 5 to 1 underdog. The reason has more to do with Pacquiao being an amazing talent in his prime rather than a knock on Clottey’s skill or merit. This Saturday night, we will find out if the odds makers were correct in making Pacquiao such a large favorite despite being the smaller man.