Not a few also left viewing venues in a huff, feeling shortchanged, if not totally cheated.
They came expecting another sensational stoppage.
But the Clottey conquest fell only a few punches short of becoming another prizefight masterpiece.
He also rode on courage, patience, maturity and unassailable gallantry.
“Pacquiao was a blur, a meteor that hurtled from the slums all the way up to all-time greatness following that Clottey conquest,” wrote one American fight critic in the league of the great Michael Marley of examiner.com.