Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey official on-site 33 page programme SIGNED by Joshua Clottey (front cover) and (inside) by undercard fighters David Diaz and Alfonso Gomez plus Salvador Sanchez (nephew of legendary namesake), Billed "The Event", 13th March 2010, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas.
Pacquiao W pts unanimous decision.
The largely one-sided bout saw Pacquiao throw combinations against a heavily defensive Joshua Clottey. Pacquiao's volume of punches seemed to keep Clottey from opening up and attempting to mount much offensively other than an occasional right hand.
* Manny Pacquiao 50-3-2 (38 KOs) vs. Joshua Clottey 35-3 (20 KOs)
* Pacquiao entered ranked as the # 1 fighter pound-for-pound in the World and the # 1 welterweight according to The Ring Magazine. Clottey, a 5-1 underdog, entered ranked as the # 5 welterweight by the same publication.
* The fight was the first to be held at the new Cowboy Stadium which opened May 27, 2009. The official crowd was reported to be 50,994.
* This bout, labeled "The Event", came together after the super-fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fell through due to disputes over the type of drug testing that would take place leading up the fight.
* Due to his normal trainer being unable to secure a visa to enter the United States, for the first time Clottey was trained by Lenny DeJesus
Joshua Clottey (born in March 16, 1976 in Accra, Ghana) is a welterweight from Accra, Ghana, who now lives in the Bronx, New York. He is the former IBF Welterweight Champion.
Professional Career - Welterweight
Clottey rose to prominence by winning his first twenty fights, including 14 by knockout. His performance set him up to fight Carlos Baldomir, in a title defence by Baldomir for the WBC International Welterweight Title. Clottey lost by disqualification in a controversial fight. Clottey was winning the fight until the 10th round, where he was penalized two points for an intentional head butt. He was warned for his head but did it again resulting in the referee stopping the fight and disqualifying Clottey.
Clottey rebounded from the loss by winning the African Boxing Union welterweight title in his next fight. He then rolled off a 10 fight winning streak was highlighted by his first win on American soil and the capturing of several minor welterweight and middleweight titles culminating in an IBF Intercontinental welterweight title.
On December 2, 2006, Clottey earned his first shot at a World title but broke his hand in the fourth round of his fight against World Boxing Organization champion Antonio Margarito. He ended up losing a closer than expected unanimous decision, but had demonstrated his abilities against a good opponent. On April 7, 2007, Clottey earned a unanimous decision over Diego Corrales, in what was Corrales' final fight prior to his death.
In December 2007, Clottey positioned himself for another title shot with a win over prospect Shamone Alvarez.
Clottey beat Zab Judah on August 2, 2008, for the IBF Welterweight title that had been vacated by Antonio Margarito.
Clottey vs Cotto
On June 13, 2009 Clottey faced Miguel Cotto in New York at the Madison Square Garden for the WBO Welterweight title.
Cotto dropped Clottey in the first with a jab. Cotto was cut in the 3rd round by an accidental headbutt, Clottey's combinations throughout the fight gave Cotto problems. Cotto emerged with a split-decision victory in a close fight which fans felt could have been awarded to either fighter or even scored a draw.
Clottey vs Pacquiao: The Event
Clottey fought seven-division World champion Manny Pacquiao on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas, at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium following the disagreement on terms of a proposed boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. which would have been scheduled on the same date in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clottey lost to Pacquiao by unanimous decision
A tough orthodox fighter, Clottey has a solid defence and a combination of size, speed, stamina, boxing skills, power, and chin.
Clottey has top defensive skills; the way he uses his gloves and arms to protect himself from his opponent's punches is very similar to Winky Wright's defensive stance.
He has never lost via a knock out due to his defensive style.
His 4 losses were:
1. A DQ loss to Carlos Baldomir .
2. Unanimous Decision loss to Antonio Margarito.
3. Split Decision loss to Miguel Cotto.
4. Unanimous Decision loss to Manny Pacquiao.
David "Dangerous" Díaz (born June 7, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American in the lightweight (135 lb) division. His record is 34-3-1 (17 KOs). He has no relation to Juan "The Baby Bull" Diaz, another lightweight boxer and former World champion.
Diaz accumulated a record of 26-0 before losing his first bout to Kendall Holt via 8th round technical knockout. He defeated José Armando Santa Cruz for the interim title on August 12, 2006. On February 20, 2007, Diaz was awarded the title when Joel Casamayor, the champion at the time, was stripped of the title for signing to fight WBO champion Acelino Freitas rather than defend against him. (It should be noted the lightweight title bout between old foes Casamayor and Freitas never took place. Freitas fought and lost his WBO title to WBA champion Juan Díaz instead.)
Diaz defeated Mexican legend Erik Morales on August 4, 2007 by a controversial unanimous decision to defend his title.
On June 28, 2008, Diaz lost his title to Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas via ninth-round knockout earning Pacquiao his fifth World championship in five different weight divisions.
After a one year lay-off, Diaz returned to the ring on September 26, 2009. He took on Jesús Chávez and won by majority decision.
On March 13, 2010, Diaz challenged Humberto Soto for his old WBC lightweight title, which had recently been vacated by Edwin Valero, on the undercard of Pacquiao's fight with Joshua Clottey. Soto defeated Diaz, dropping him in the opening and closing rounds, en route to a unanimous decision victory.
* Member of the 1996 US Olympic Team as a Light Welterweight. His results were:
* Defeated Jacobo Garcia (Virgin Islands) RSC 3 (0:33)
* Lost to Oktay Urkal (Germany) 6-14
* Lost to Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) 8-12
* Won Chicago Golden Gloves four times and the National Golden Gloves three times (1993, 1994 and 1996 National Golden Gloves light welterweight champion)
* Had a record of 78-16 in the amateurs
Alfonso Salvador Gómez Becerra (born October 28, 1980) is a professional boxer and competitor on reality TV show The Contender, where he ended up ranked third out of sixteen fighters.
Gómez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, but his parents subsequently moved to the city of Napa, California where he graduated in 1998 from Napa High and (later) Tustin, California, partly so as to enable Alfonso to go to college and continue boxing. He had started boxing at age 10, and had an amateur record of 80 wins and 10 losses. He was managed along the way by his father, an ex-boxer himself. He has two brothers and is part of a band with them called Hy3rid.
Coming off a strong amateur career, Alfonso Gomez turned pro in 2001, and was used by his first few managers as a stepping stone fighter for hotter-looking prospects. In his second pro fight he was lied to by his manager as to his opponent's record and matched against Ishe Smith, who would later be his roommate on the reality TV show The Contender. In a competitive four round fight, Ishe won by UD in his hometown based off a low blow in the 3rd round of their fight from Alfonso that was ruled incorrectly, as the punch was on Ishe's beltline. He would later be matched up with his rival, the tough Jesse Feliciano twice, as well as several other fighters with strong or undefeated records, defeating most of them, earning him the nickname, "The Executioner of the Undefeated" from one newspaper.
In 2004, Alfonso got on the boxing reality TV show The Contender as an alternate for a chance to win one million dollars, though he had to fight above his natural weight(Welterweight) at Middleweight due to the show's weight class choice. On the show, he was placed on the West Coast team (as was Ishe Smith) and he challenged the highly-ranked Peter Manfredo in the first fight in a surprising move after Joey Gilbert seemed reluctant to take the first fight of the show against the undersized Jeff Fraza. Alfonso beat the then-undefeated Rhode Islander in a shocking fight where he outhustled, outboxed, and outfought Manfredo over five rounds, though Peter was brought back later on the show due to Jeff Fraza contracting a case of chicken pox.
In the quarterfinals, he beat the confident Ahmed Kaddour (who had been brought back in to replace Juan de la Rosa and as a thinly-veiled attempt by Manfredo, Brinkley, Gilbert, and Bonsante to psych out Ishe Smith) by unanimous decision in a tough matchup that Manfredo was allowed to make as the challenge winner of the week at the time.
The Semi-Final round saw him up against Manfredo again. Gómez was still bruised up from his previous fight against Ahmed Kaddour and Manfredo won their rematch by UD in a tough seven round fight. On the finale show, Gomez defeated fellow semi-final loser Jesse Brinkley, the consensus favorite in their match and hardest puncher of Season 1, by unanimous decision on May 24, 2005 in the "Bronze match" of the Contender show. Brinkley won the first round of their fight behind a series of stiff jabs and hard right hands, but Gomez won the next two rounds close behind good counter-punching and short combinations. The fourth round had a few swings, as Brinkley came back and dominated the first half of the round landing some huge punches, but Gomez was able to weather the storm and hurt Brinkley to the body badly in the second half of the round and beat him up during the second half to take the round. In the final round, Gomez continued to beat up Jesse until the last ten seconds, when Gomez celebrated his probable win a little prematurely and Brinkley got him with a big right hand at the bell, though Gomez was able to take the punch without being seriously hurt. He may take some consolation from having beaten Brinkley in the 3rd Place Fight, which guaranteed him a nice packet of prize money(200k and a 2005 Toyota Tundra)—and the whole Contender experience catapulted him to a World ranking of 21 out of 861. Even though he didn't come out as the overall winner of the show, Gomez probably garnered the largest fan following of the fighters from Season 1.
Gomez fought Luciano Perez in a five round contest on October 15, 2005 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the Contender Rematch card, and won by fourth round TKO.
Perez was game, but sorely outclassed in terms of boxing skill and Alfonso landed a very high amount of punches on Perez throughout the match until the referee stopped the fight late in Round Four.
Gomez fought Jesse Feliciano for a third time to a draw after a long layoff on May 5, 2006 at the Aladdin Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Latin Fury card with the Contender Season 1 champion Sergio Mora. The fight was a candidate for Fight of the Year. For most of the first four rounds, Gomez outboxed the rugged Feliciano, but coming off a long layoff and having to move a lot with Feliciano's relentless pressure, Gomez lost his leg stamina at the end of the 4th round and had to bang with Feliciano. Both guys landed tons of leather on each other in the following rounds, but Jesse seemingly got the better of the next two rounds. In the 7th and 8th rounds, Gomez seemed to get a second wind as he got some of his legs back and seemed to edge the last two rounds, but Feliciano still landed on him a good amount and came forward throughout, making those two rounds debatable.
Gomez won 77-75 on one judge's card, but the fight was scored 76-76 on the other two cards, rendering the rubber match between the two a draw.
On August 25, 2006, Gomez fought Carson "Kid" Jones in an eight round bout at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA. He pressured a game Jones throughout and beat him up pretty badly over the eight rounds until the referee stopped the fight in Round Eight. While Jones was clearly losing, it was a somewhat quick stoppage as Jones was still able to defend himself to some extent at the time.
Gómez was a part of the American team on The Contender Challenge: UK vs. USA, where he was pitted against the hard-punching Martin Concepcion on March 30, 2007. Alfonso won due to TKO from an uppercut late in the 7th round after having largely dominated the fight prior to that.
Arturo Gatti needed a decent comeback opponent to determine whether he still had anything in the tank after a tough stoppage loss to Carlos Baldomir a year earlier, and picked Gomez, as Gomez was regarded by the Gatti team as a crude brawler type and slow. The fight was also meant to be a setup fight for Gatti vs Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Instead, Gómez defeated the favored Arturo Gatti on July 14, 2007 via 7th round TKO in a dominant effort, landing right hands repeatedly over Gatti's jab and generally getting off first with his own jab and short combinations to Gatti's head and body.
Three months later Gomez outpointed Ben Tackie in a unanimous decision in Carson, California on October 16, 2007, where Gomez also broke his right hand in the 2nd round hitting the iron-chinned Tackie with an uppercut.
The Tackie win was supposed to set up a future match against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but the Chavez Jr team did not want to make the match. Instead, Alfonso got a shot against then WBA Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, who needed a stay-busy opponent to hype up a possible Antonio Margarito-Cotto match, with Margarito fighting Kermit Cintron on the same card.
Gómez lost against Miguel Cotto via 5th round TKO on April 12, 2008 after the ring-side doctor declared him unable to continue after receiving constant punishment from Cotto over the five rounds. Alfonso came into the fight with a still injured right hand(broken in the Tackie fight) and after a training camp which he was badly ill at one point so he was not in his best condition in the ring, and Cotto dominated him, landing nearly forty punches a round against him before the ringside doctor stopped the fight prior to the 6th round, though Gomez wanted to continue the fight.
On May 1, 2009 after a long layoff Alfonso Gomez (19-4-2, 9 KOs) stopped Juan Buendia (14-3-1, 8 KOs) in a high action fight with a perfect left hook to the liver in the 8th round, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. He expressed a desire to fight Julio César Chávez Jr, but Jr was now hovering around Middleweight so this fight was unlikely to happen as Jr's team had avoided Alfonso before anyway.
On August 29, 2009, Gomez scored a first round stoppage of Raul Munoz in Hawaii on a card with Brian Viloria, setting up a match against Jesus Soto-Karass.
On November 14, 2009, Gomez fought against the favored Jesus Soto-Karass on the Manny Pacquaio-Miguel Cotto undercard "Firepower" at the MGM Grand. In a reasonably competitive fight, Gomez outboxed Soto-Karass for the first four rounds of the affair, during which Soto-Karass committed a large multitude of low blow fouls upon Gomez that ultimately cost him two points, and headbutted Gomez badly by accident in the 3rd round, opening a large cut around Gomez's right eye. The cut bled profusely throughout until it necessitated a doctor stoppage in the sixth round of the fight, sending the fight to a Technical decision, which Gomez won 58-54, 57-55(x2). Gomez also attained the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title as a result of this victory.
Gomez fought José Luis Castillo on the Pacquaio-Clottey undercard on March 13, 2010, at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas. It was pretty much a fight to determine whether Castillo had anything left or not as Castillo came into the fight off a small win streak, but against mostly mediocre competition, with the last solid opponent he faced having beaten him pretty easily in Sebastian Lujan. Gomez outboxed and beat up Castillo for five rounds before Castillo retired in the corner prior to the 6th round. Castillo did not have anything in this fight and announced his retirement immediately afterwards. Gomez thanked him for the opportunity in the post-fight press conference and mentioned some of the memories he had of Castillo.
Gómez has always expressed a desire to become a World Champion. He is coached by his father, Alfonso Gómez, Sr and has been managed for some years now by Gary Gittelsohn, who also manages Brian Viloria.
Residence: Tianguistenco, Mexico (state), Mexico
Birthplace: Tianguistenco, Mexico, Mexico
Ranked WBC #25 at 126 pounds...
At the age of 24, Salvador is a four-year pro. A young prospect at 126 pounds, he has won eight fights in a row dating back to December, 2007.
He is the nephew and namesake of former WBC featherweight World champion and Hall of Famer Salvador Sanchez.
There's no better person to ask about the similarities in the fighting styles of former Mexican World champion Salvador Sanchez and his nephew of the same name than legendary trainer Jimmy Montoya. Montoya worked with the featherweight World champion Sanchez in the early 1980's before he was tragically killed in a 1982 car accident at the age of 23. Three years later, Sanchez's brother had a son and named him after the great champion.
Montoya has been the 24-year-old Sanchez's trainer for the past 18 months. "This kid looks identical to his uncle," said Montoya of Sanchez.... "You have to see it. And if you look at his style, it's exactly like his uncle. And no one has taught him that."
Montoya still shakes his head in disbelief when he speaks about the crowd reaction Sanchez II has received. "The people go crazy," he said. "In Cancun, not even the main event got as much attention. People were yelling and screaming and asking for his autograph. It was amazing. Everywhere he goes they follow him. After the fight I had to pull him out of there after an hour."...
Salvador's uncle, Salvador Sanchez, had a 44-1 record with 32 knockouts before his death. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.
In honor of his uncle, Sanchez II wears his trunks and robe in the ring and looks like a throwback to the 80's.