Filipino Manny Pacquiao confirmed his place as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter with a unanimous decision over Ghanaian contender Joshua Clottey to successfully defend his WBO Welterweight title.
Pacquiao was taken all the way by the African, though was never seriously tested throughout a bout in which he was given every round by two judges and lost just one according to the third judge.
He was very pleased with the victory, despite it not being quite as explosive an event as his last two victories over Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.
"Clottey is not an easy opponent he is very strong," Pacquiao said. "He took a lot of punches and was never hurt.
"He’s a very good defensive fighter. I was looking for a strategy to beat that defence, like body shots, uppercuts. It worked."
Pac-Man’s trainer Freddie Roach, who also trains Brit Amir Kahn, was pleased with the result but criticised Clottey for his cautious approach.
“World title fights come once in a lifetime. If you don’t have the balls to take it, and you just want to survive…well," Roach said.
"Why not go for it and put it all on the line? I’m frustrated that he didn’t try to win the fight."
What is next for Pacquiao is unsure although he is chasing a showdown with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jnr., a fight that the whole world seems to want.
"I want that fight, the world wants that fight, but it’s up to him," Pacquiao said. "I’m ready to fight any time."
The Filipino, who will soon run for a congressional seat in his homeland, will have to wait a while for Mayweather though as “Pretty Boy Floyd” first has to take on Shaun Mosley for the WBA title currently held by Mosley.
Mayweather is clear favourite for the fight, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on March 2nd, at 1-4 with Ladbrokes to win his 41st consecutive fight, Mosley is at 11/4 highlighting his status as underdog despite being the current champ.