The mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is officially dead, as promoter Bob Arum announced Tuesday (January 19) that the Filipino superstar will now face Joshua Clottey on March 13 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
After Pac-Man and Money Mayweather failed to agree to terms over pre-fight drug-testing procedures, promoters for both fighters said they would stick with their plans for a March 13 bout against different opponents. However, it looks like it’s just gonna be Pacquiao on March 13th, as Mayweather began negotiations to fight Shane Mosley in May.
Now it’s a welterweight title fight, simply dubbed “The Event,” where Pac-Man faces the #1 challenger Joshua Clottey, who says he thankful the boxing superstar gave him a shot.
“He is the best guy, and I want to thank him for giving me this opportunity,” said Clottey.
“Joshua Clottey is a good fighter, and former welterweight champion. He’s strong and taller than me. I think that we can give a good fight on March 13th,” Pacquiao added, in a separate interview with ESPN Radio.
Pacquiao has been undefeated in his last 11 fights. His last loss came in 2005 against Erik Morales, who he came back and beat two times after.
Clottey is a 32-year-old a native of Ghana, who has a record of 35-3. He lost his last fight by split decision to Miguel Cotto in June.
Tickets for the fight range from $700 at ringside down to $50. Arum says they plan to sell 40,000 seats, but can seat up to 60,000 if necessary.
The fight will also be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.