Manny Pacquiao (left) will defend the WBO welterweight championship against Josh Clottey on Saturday, March 13 (9 p.m., HBO PPV) at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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Pacquiao is entering the ninth year of a partnership with Freddie Roach (left), a four-time BWAA Trainer of the Year and one of most respected corner men in the sport.
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"Manny Pacquiao is the lone star of boxing," Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum (center) said. "There isn't a more appropriate place in the world for him to fight."
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With November's dramatic 12th-round stoppage of Miguel Cotto, Pacquiao captured the WBO welterweight title and became the first fighter to collect world championships in seven different weight classes, between 112 to 147 pounds.
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Clottey's last fight was a controversial split-decision loss to Cotto at Madison Square Garden in June.
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Cowboys Stadium will be configured to seat up to 45,000 spectators for the fight with elevated floor seating.
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"I have wanted to bring a major boxing event to North Texas for many years, so why not bring in the biggest and the best?" Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "Manny Pacquiao is boxing's No. 1 pound-for-pound attraction and the world champion. Manny defending his title against Joshua Clottey is not just a great fight, it is the event, and one we can showcase to the fullest in Cowboys Stadium."
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The March 13 showdown is one of the biggest world championship fights to be held in a major U.S. sports stadium since Muhammad Ali met Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium for the heavyweight title in 1976, an event also promoted by Arum.
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Clottey, a Ghana transplant and Bronx, N.Y., native, captured the vacant IBF welterweight title with a victory over Zab Judah in 2008. He vacated the belt to fight Cotto rather than make a mandatory defense against Isaac Hlatswayo of South Africa.
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Pacquiao's résumé includes victories over future Hall of Famers such as Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez.
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Clottey's best victories include a unanimous decision over Diego Corrales and a majority decision over undefeated contender Richard Gutierrez.
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Pacquiao, a dynamic southpaw who was SI.com's Fighter of the Year in 2008 and '09, is a 6-to-1 favorite to retain the title.
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