If any of you skinhead lovers of gay foreplay out there actually ponied up the money to watch what boxing enthusiasts would insist was ‘real fighting’ last night, then what you saw was Manny Pacquiao trying like hell to get through Joshua Clottey’s defense and winning a unanimous decision for his efforts. It wasn’t what you’d call an exciting fight. That much is accurately summed up in this excerpt from SI.com’s liveblog: "Pacquiao threw more jabs than he ever has before and Clottey just wanted to survive. Yawn."
According to the CompuBox stats, Pacquiao threw 1,231 punches, which was 832 more than Clottey threw. The downside is, Pacquiao only landed 246 of those punches, such was Clottey’s commitment to not getting hit, even at the expense of winning.
Basically, you didn’t miss much by not paying for the privilege of watching this one. And, at least according to HBO, if you’re an MMA fan then chances are you didn’t watch. They insist there isn’t more than a 5% overlap between boxing and MMA fans when it comes to buying pay-per-views. Guess that means most of us still have some extra coin in our pockets to spend on a fight that’s actually interesting.