Pacquiao VS Clottey set for March

TORONTO (Reuters) – WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will put his title on the line against Ghanaian Joshua Clottey in March after talks for a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. fizzled out this week, the Filipino’s promoter said on Friday.

The planned fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. broke down when negotiations between the two sides hit a snag over the American’s demand for a rigorous dope testing procedure.

Pacquiao’s new opponent beat Zab Judah of the United States for the IBF Welterweight title in August 2008 and lost a split decision to Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto last June.

“This is a better fight,” Bob Arum of Top Rank, Pacquiao’s promoter, told Reuters in a telephone interview. “(Clottey’s) a real strong, aggressive and hard punching African from Ghana and he poses a real test for Manny.”

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