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Groundhog Prediction On Pacquiao vs. Clottey

GOBBLER'S KNOB, (Groundhog Day 2010) -- At 7:25 A.M. today, Punxsutawney Phil -- the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators -- emerged from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn, and proclaimed, in his native Groundhogese, that MANNY "PacMan" PACQUIAO'S dominance over his era’s top fighters would continue with a successful defense of his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against former International Boxing Federation welterweight champion and current No. 1 contender Joshua Clottey on Saturday, March 13, at Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium!

"It‘s five more weeks of training for Manny Pacquiao and four-time Trainer of the Year, World-Famous Freddie Roach," stated Phil as he shadowboxed during his annual news conference. "Manny is going to exit the ring the same way he entered it -- as world champion."

The world's most famous forecaster, wearing a Pacman headband and a T-shirt emblazoned with "100% PHILipino" on the front, went on to predict that Pacquiao would win his upcoming Congressional campaign in May.

"Manny is a modern day combination of Henry Armstrong and Theodore Roosevelt. As boxing’s only seven-division world champion, winning four different division titles in his last five fights, and all in a 21-month span, Manny speaks softly and carries a big fist. He's a Manny for all seasons! A three-time Fighter of the Year, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Fighter of the Decade and a public servant – it’s the era of Mannyfist Destiny," exclaimed Phil.

When pressed for a definitive answer on whether Clottey had a chance to defeat Pacquiao, Phil astounded the media by answering in English.

Quoth the groundhog, "Nevermore."

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Promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Dallas Cowboys and Tecate, THE EVENT: Pacquiao vs. Clottey, World Welterweight Championship, will take place Saturday, March 13 and will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Remaining Tickets to THE EVENT: Pacquiao vs. Clottey, priced at $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, can be purchased in-person at the Cowboys Stadium box office in Arlington, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.

THE EVENT: Pacquiao vs. Clottey pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $49.95, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Pacquiao vs. Clottey fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com or www.toprank.com .

Article posted on 02.02.2010



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