“The Man” is intent on taming the boxer he has dubbed the “beast”, with Anthony Mundine declaring there’s no point talking about fighting Floyd Mayweather if he loses to Joshua Clottey on Wednesday.
Mundine will make the first defence of his WBA International super welterweight title against New York-based Ghanaian Clottey at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
Former IBK welterweight champion Clottey has challenged Mundine to stand and fight with him and not to hold.
Mundine came in slightly over the 69.85 kg limit at a media call on Tuesday morning, but wasn’t concerned.
After spending time in a spa, he scaled 69.8 compared with Clottey’s 69.7, at the official weigh in three hours later.
Clottey, 36, (37-4, 22 KOs) is ranked 14th, 11 places below 38-year-old Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs).
The African fighter has beaten two other world champions, Zab Judah and the late Diego Corrales and has never been stopped.
His only losses were to other world champions, Manny Pacquiao Miguel Cotto, Antonio Maragarito and Carlos Baldomir.
While talk persists of fights against WBA Super champion Mayweather, WBO title holder Demetrius Andrade, Cotto and Saul Alvarez, Mundine steadfastly refuses to overlook Clottey.
“If I lose his one, then there’s no point in talking about Mayweather or Alvarez or Cotto, because every fighter is a hurdle and I’ve got to make sure I get over this one,” Mundine said.
“There is no doubt the man is a bit of a beast.
“He’s one of the best fighters I’ve fought so I’m paying my just dues and respects.
“He’s an allrounder. He can box, he can come on the front foot, he can box on the back foot, he can counterpunch and he’s got power in both hands.
“In saying that, I feel everything that he does I do a little bit better.”
Clottey, who is listed as seven centimetres smaller than Mundine, isn’t keen on a pure boxing match.
“With boxing sometimes it makes the whole fight boring, ” Clottey told AAP.
“I always like to throw punches and beat the people up and show my boxing ability.
“I wish Anthony is going to stay there for us to show our punching power and show our boxing ability and what we can do.
“I don’t like holding, Don’t hold me and I won’t hold you.”