Joshua Clottey spoke to the media this week. Here are some highlights from his conference call. Thanks to Fred Sternburg for the transcript:

Q: Manny has made tremendous improvement as he has moved up in weight, which has czused suspicion.  Do you have any reason to believe he is doing anything illegal and why aren’t you requiring to take additional tests? 

JOSHUA CLOTTEY:   I don’t want him to do that because I respect him too much.  He is a very nice guy to be honest with you and I feel comfortable around him.  He is nice and respects everybody and I know where he is from.  I don’t think Manny Pacquiao is doing that thing.  If he is doing that thing, he is killing the sport.  Between he and God, it is going to some day be a problem.  I wouldn’t make him do that steroid thing because I believe in him.  I know he throws a pot of punches.  I respect him for that so I couldn’t ask him to do that.

Q:`What would a victory mean to you?

JOSHUA CLOTTEY:  A victory would mean very, very more than a lot to me.  That’s why I am so happy about this opportunity.  And second, if I beat Manny Pacquiao I am going to be very much happy, because he is the best fighter out there.  He is the man now and he’s giving me a chance to fight him and if I beat him, I’m going to be on top of the world.  It will be very important to the people in my country and that is very important in life.

Q: What was it like growing up?

JOSHUA CLOTTEY:  When I was a young boy growing up I saw the boys in the area and I said I wanted to fight them.  I fought one and then I wanted to fight again like a revenge.  I beat him and I became a boxer.  My life was not easy for me at all.  I had to go all over the world to become champion.  I came to America after fighting in England where things were very wrong.  Then I came here and things were moving along with Top Rank and Bob Arum and I have to give thanks to them. 

Q:`Are you ready for Manny Pacquiao and how do you plan on beating Manny Pacquiao?

JOSHUA CLOTTEY:  I am very much ready for Manny Pacquiao.  I keep telling people that I am going to fight and I know it’s not easy.  It’s not going to be easy for me and it’s not going to be easy for Manny Pacquiao because I am going to fight the guy who the people think is the best.

 I have never watched his tapes.  I never sit down and watch him and I never sit down and talk about him.  The only thing I think about is me and what I have to do when I come into the ring.  I have been training very hard for myself to get to the ring and do my best.  When I get to the ring, the fight will start and that’s what I’ll do. 

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Q: Will your size make a difference in the fight like it did in the Cotto fight?

JOSHUA CLOTTEY:  I am not talking about whether I am bigger or stronger than Manny Pacquiao.  I don’t want to talk like that because little guys beat the big guys out there.  I am not thinking about that.  The writers make the story so good.  I know I’m big and I’m strong but I’m not thinking about that.  I just train to get in the ring to do my best.  I just know what kind of  a fighter he is.  I just have to be me.  That is most important to me.

I have known Lenny and he is a very good man.  He was my cut man with Cotto.  So my trainer could not get a visa and I picked him to be my trainer for this fight.  Miguel Diaz used to be my cut man but he will be with Manny Pacquiao for this fight. 

 And for the commercials:

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Dallas Cowboys, Tecate and MP Promotions, THE EVENT:  PACQUIAO vs. CLOTTEY will take place Saturday, March 13, in Cowboys Stadium, where over 30,000 tickets have already been sold. The $1.2 billion stadium is the largest, most technologically advanced entertainment venue in the world. Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only seven-division world champion, of General Santos City, Philippines, will be defending the World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Clottey (35-3, 21 KOs), of Accra, Ghana.  THE EVENT will be produced and distributed Live on HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.






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 HBO Sports® will present “Road to Dallas: Pacquiao vs. Clottey,” a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming welterweight title showdown that will mark the first-ever pro boxing event at the landmark $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex.  The special will premiere on HBO Saturday, March 6 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT immediately following the live presentation of HBO Boxing After Dark®.