Why Manny Pacquiao Won

For the first time — in all of Pacquiao’s fights — a lot of his fans felt that his win against Marquez was undeserved.  Visually, Marquez looked like the better boxer and Pacquiao appeared clueless to a better-prepared opponent.  Well, end-game statistics show that Pacquiao indeed deserved the win.  Boxing analysts also agrees to the result.  Colin Seymour of The Examiner wrote:  “Pacquiao overcomes crowd’s influence while misguided Marquez bows to it.”  Michael Woods  of ESPN New York succinctly wrote:  “No,  Marquez was not robbed vs. Pacquiao.”

Doubts will remain, I’m sure of that.  There will be calls for a fourth match-up.  Mayweather will definitely have a heyday trash-talking Pacquiao because that’s just his style.  After this fight, I realized that Pacquiao is just human not a god — he, too, is fallible.  His recent fight should give him a scare — even Roach told him after the 7th round that they’re losing on points.  If Pacquiao intends to meet Mayweather on the ring then he’s got to be prepared for it.  No distractions.  No marital spats.  No duets with Kimmel.  Just pure hard work in an intense training.

And for those who doesn’t understand how the boxing judges decide, here’s what Arturo Dalguntas shared on his Facebook:

“In a 10-point system, the boxer who wins a round is given 10 points, and the other boxer gets nine points. (10-9). If there was a knockdown in the round (10-8). 2 Knock downs (10-7) If a Judge can’t decide who won the round, It is scored 10-10. Now if you are the Challenger, you must be the Aggressor(Pacquiao vs Cotto) in a very close rounds the Champion gets 10. For example if Pacquaio would just stay still and Marquez does not Attack, Pacquiao get 10 and Marquez 9. In this case Manny(Champion) was always aggressive while Marquez(Challenger) waits for an attack and counters. Marquez’s body language fooled a lot of people. Making people feel that He was the winner or at least it was a draw. It may look like He was landing more punches but the tricky part here is He was on the Defensive, luring Pacquio into His tactical Traps (Remember the Challenger must be the one who is aggressive to be awarded 10). So even if Marquez did connect more punches He gets only 9 for being Defensive and Manny gets the 10 for being the ATTACKER. Pacquaio got more “10” than Marquez.  Manny wins.”

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  1. i disagree with the “challenger should be the aggressor” principle in scoring a boxing bout. There are no written rules about it……but a column by Monte D. Cox could explain further:

    A number of today’s boxing fans and sportswriters don’t appreciate the finer points of boxing. There are not too many fighters around today who tuck their chin, show good head movement, use their shoulders for defense, parry punches, block with their gloves, feint and counter-punch. When such advanced boxing techniques are displayed they often go unnoticed. Technique has depreciated to the point, in the modern fight game, where many sportswriters, fans, and judges simply do not comprehend such methods when they see them. Most sportswriters know far less about boxing than they do about other sports like Basketball or Baseball. Many of them would not recognize an evasive shoulder roll that made an opponent miss or they cannot tell a punch that lands on a glove from one that lands “clean.” Too many today are one-sided in their evaluation of a boxing match. They over-estimate the worth of “aggressiveness.” Online scoring is often a joke.

    There are four categories of judging one should educate themselves in to be able to correctly score a fight. Those four are a) “effective” aggression, b) defense, c) ring generalship, and d) clean and hard punching. Let’s define these four important categories and then examine some recent matches where these categories were significant in judging the outcome of a particular match-up.

    a) Effective Aggression

    The key to the first category is the word “effective.” One may be going forward, trying to get at ones opponent, forcing them back, but not throwing punches, or missing badly. In order to be “effective” one must have success landing consistently while moving forward. It should be noted that the opponent, who is “out-boxing” or keeping the fight at a distance, can be the “effective aggressor” by initiating the punching exchanges.

    b) Defense

    A badly over-looked aspect of boxing, especially in scoring a fight. Defense is a part of combat. In boxing it is the ability to hit the opponent without being hit in return. Defense may include ducking, dodging, bobbing and weaving, parrying, blocking, slipping, and sidestepping, as well as effectively utilizing the clinch.

    c) Ring Generalship

    The person who dictates the tempo of the fight and controls the action in the ring is the ring general. The boxer who makes the other man fight his fight. If fighter A keeps the fight in ring center, and nullifies the “aggression” of fighter B he is the better ring general.” Or if fighter B effectively cuts off the ring and forces fighter A to the ropes where he can go to work he then is the better ring general.

    d) Clean and Hard Punching

    This should be obvious, but it’s not. Since many fans and sportswriters ignore the two previous categories they often fail to understand what is actually taking place in the ring. A “clean” blow is one that lands flush without being blocked by his opponent. But how many times has one heard an announcer “Oh what a left hook by so and so!” The problem is the punch landed on his opponent’s glove and only made a loud noise and didn’t score at all. Some blows are “partially blocked”; meaning it did not land with its full force. Such blows are not “clean” punches. Also it is not the amount of punches that are thrown the matters, but the amount of blows that land. Hard punching is important as the amount of damage a blow causes counts in the scoring. In the amateurs a knockdown is only as good as a jab, but in the pro’s its worth much more. One hard right that staggers the opponent though is not worth ten hard jabs that snap back the opponent’s head. Damaging blows and their value are difficult to assess and that is why boxing is subjective. However it should be noted that landing 3 or 4 punches that hurt an opponent in the last seconds of a round are not enough to make up for losing the first two and a half minutes of the round where he was out-boxed. After all the name of the game is boxing not slugging!

  2. Whatever the technicalities, basta para sa amin (a bunch of Pinoys gathering at a fellow Pinoy’s resthouse in Huahin) na nanuod sa laban niya kahapon, obvious pa rin na si PacMan ang panalo! Tama – laging defensive lng ang tira ni Marquez.
    nice A´s newest blog post post ..Learning from Monster-in-Law

  3. magaling din naman si Marquez.anytime he can beat Manny.pero sa larong ito si Manny talaga ang panalo.very stiff lang talaga ang labanan…atsaka ang gagaling yata ng mga judges.

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