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Mar 6, 2015

Pacquiao Mayweather Marathon Coverage - Entry No.002

We continue our marathon coverage of the Pacquiao Mayweather mega fight.

Take a look at Manny Pacquiao's punch statistics against five common opponents with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. {Excuse the color coding I used. There is still some logic and grouping behind it though.}

Manny Pacquiao
Opponents Defense Offense
Jabs Power Shots Total Jabs Power Shots Total
Miguel Cotto 79 / 297 93 / 300 172 / 597 60 / 220 276 / 560 336 / 780
26% 31% 28% 27% 49% 43%
Shane Mosley 44 / 250 22 / 80 66 / 330 47 / 374 177 / 353 224 / 727
17% 27% 20% 12% 50% 30%
Oscar Dela Hoya 32 / 238 51 / 164 83 / 402 29 / 252 195 / 333 224 / 585
13% 31% 20% 11% 58% 38%
Ricky Hatton 2 / 22 16 / 56 18 / 78 8 / 22 65 / 105 73 / 127
9% 28% 23% 36% 61% 57%
Juan Manuel Marquez 11 / 96 41 / 150 52 / 246 26 / 108 68 / 148 94 / 256
11% 27% 21% 24% 45% 36%
TOTAL 168 / 903 223 / 750 391 / 1653 170 / 976 781 / 1499 951 / 2475
18% 29% 23% 17% 52% 38%
AVERAGE 33.6 / 180.6 44.6 / 150 78.2 / 330.6 34 / 195.2 156.2 / 299.8 190.2 / 495
18% 29% 23% 17% 52% 38%

What do we see here?

The Defense columns tells us how Manny Pacquiao defends against punches thrown at him. How many jabs and power shots were thrown and how many were landed on him.

The Offense columns on the other hand tells us how Manny attacks his opponents. How many punches he throws and connects.

Jabs are the weakest punches in boxing. They are used to set up the more powerful shots like straights, hooks and upper cuts. Throwing power punches without the jabs are easier to defend because your opponent usually looks at how you will attack him. When you throw a jab first, your opponent is forced to defend against it, and then your next shot is harder to be seen and blocked.

Power Shots are the straights, hooks and upper cuts usually thrown by a boxer's stronger hand. Manny has a stronger left hand (Southpaw) while Floyd has a stronger right (Orthodox). You will usually hear the 1-2 combination in boxing, more so if you have trained in a boxing gym. It refers to the jab-straight combination you throw with your weak hand followed by a strong hand's straight punch.

Ok, we are ready to digest the data on the table now. Observe the following:

  1. Manny does not connect much on his jabs. On average, only 34 of 195 jabs he threw connected.
  2. Manny throws and connects a lot on his power shots. 156 of 300 power shots detonated on his opponents on average.
  3. Manny allowed 34 jabs and 45 power shots to land on him on average. Is that good enough?
  4. The answer to #3 depends on how Manny lands on his opponents. See #1 and #2 to answer #3. There is an overwhelming discrepancy in power shots connected by Manny, 156, to power shots he absorbed, only 45. That's 111 more power shots and it's too unfair against his opponents.
  5. Dela Hoya, Hatton and Marquez fights did not go the maximum scheduled 12 rounds. Dela Hoya and Hatton were knocked out in 8 and 2 rounds respectively. Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in 6 rounds. The total punches we see on the table for the Hatton and Marquez fights are too few compared to the other fights that went the full 12 rounds. This is important to note especially if we are to compare Pacquiao's statistics to Mayweather's.
  6. Pacquiao's defense is very good. He allowed to connect only 45 of 150 power shots thrown against him on average. These numbers are too small compared to his offense of 156 power shots connected on 300 punches thrown.
  7. Manny is not very accurate. While he connects on 59% of his power shots, he only lands 17% of his jabs which pulled his total connect average to only 38%. He makes up for this inaccuracy with volume. Manny throws a lot more punches compared to his opponents.
I hope you and I learned a few things here. Jabs, Power Shots, Defense, Accuracy and shortened fights because of knock outs. We will compare Manny Pacquiao's statistics to Floyd Mayweather and see Manny's strengths and weaknesses against the unbeaten American fighter. Doing that we can objectively try to answer the following:

  1. Who is more accurate?
  2. Who defends better?
  3. Who connects more power shots?
  4. Who is hit less with power shots thrown at him?
  5. Does Manny stand a chance? In what way?
  6. Does Mayweather possess a weakness that Manny can capitalize on?

Mar 4, 2015

Pacquiao Mayweather Marathon Coverage - Entry No.001

I am a huge boxing fan of Manny Pacquiao. {I said boxing fan because Manny is almost all-in-1 these days and no I am not a fan of his playing in the PBA, acting and singing skills just to name a few.} With what Manny is about to accomplish if he beats Floyd Mayweather, I consider myself truly blessed to have a chance to watch his humble and exciting beginnings turn into legendary heights.

If, a very big but possible if, Manny ever beats Mayweather, Manny becomes a boxing legend. Simple as that. Right now, Manny is a hall of fame type of boxer. He most probably belongs to the Top 50 of all time greatest boxers with what he has accomplished from 112 to 154 pounds, from Chatchai Sasakul, Lehlo Ledwaba, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar Dela Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley and to Timothy Bradley.

Manny is the only 8-division world champion boxer in history. His championships span from

  1. 112 - Flyweight (against Sasakul),
  2. 122 - Super Bantamweight (against Ledwaba),
  3. 126 - Featherweight (against Barrera),
  4. 130 - Super Featherweight (against Marquez),
  5. 135 - Lightweight (against David Diaz),
  6. 140 - Super Lightweight (against Hatton),
  7. 147 - Welterweight (first against Cotto, second time against Bradley) and
  8. 154 - Super Welterweight (against Margarito).

It is difficult to explain, but Manny is also a 4-division lineal world champion. He has been the best-of-the-best in the 112, 126, 130 and 140 pound divisions. In this regard, he is equal with Mayweather who is also a 4-division lineal world champion. For whatever it means, Manny is not the best in 122, 135, 147 and 154 divisions although he won championships in those weight categories {Did I say it is difficult to explain?}. With the Mayweather fight at 147-pound limit, Manny has a chance to become a lineal champion in five different divisions. He stands alone in the history of boxing if he achieves that. The only boxer to be the best-of-the best in five weight divisions.

Championship or not, a win over Floyd Mayweather puts Pacquiao over the top of this generation's boxers and inches him closer to boxing immortality with the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Muhammad Ali, Henry Armstrong and Sugar Ray Robinson.

And so I repeat, I consider myself truly blessed to have a chance to watch his humble and exciting beginnings turn into legendary heights. All of us Filipinos who watched the little-framed tiny 108-poundish Manny's Blow by Blow days where he often knocks out opponents with his devastating left straight did not expect nor ever imagined that this boxing dynamo, a one-handed trigger-happy bandit will one day be where he is now --- one fight and one win away from legendary boxing fame and status. How unexplainably electrifyingly exciting is that?

And so I am doing this Pacquiao Mayweather Marathon Coverage, eight weeks away from the actual fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Weekly, even daily, let us devote a few minutes of our time discussing, analyzing, imagining and enjoying these days leading up to the fight.

I have already started my study of Mayweather's boxing videos against Marcos Maidana (first and second fights), Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar Dela Hoya and Robert Guerrero. I have also tabulated via Excel file, the punch statistics of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather's last three fights as well as their fights against 5 common opponents (Cotto, Mosley, Dela Hoya, Hatton and Marquez). Surprisingly, here are a few details I found which I shall blog about in a later post:

  • Floyd Mayweather is considered, by a wide margin, the better defensive fighter compared to Pacquiao and also the best defensive fighter of the last 20 years. However, Manny Pacquiao has evaded an average of 26 more punches compared to Floyd Mayweather based on their last 3 fights, Mayweather was hit by an average of 155.3 times per fight. Manny Pacquiao only allowed 129 punches to be connected by his opponents on average from his latest fights against Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri. I don't know about you, but defense to me in boxing means not being hit by your opponent. If Mayweather is hit 155 times and Pacquiao only 129 times, then who is better in defense?
  • Floyd Mayweather is also considered the much more accurate puncher as compared to Pacquiao. Floyd only punches a total of around 400 punches per fight as compared to Pacquiao's 600-700ish average. Manny misses a lot and Mayweather is often on target, right? No! With their 5 common opponents in Cotto, Mosley, Dela Hoya, Hatton and Marquez, Manny Pacquiao throws much more punches than Mayweather while also connecting on a better percentage. This is too good to be true for a Pacquiao fan and a nightmarish scenario for Floyd's legion of supporters and the statistics back this up. Pacquiao is more accurate than Floyd in those five fights against common opponents.
  • I do not want to give away all of my findings here, so please do read my next posts. {Hehehe.}
These are exciting days folks. Let us brace ourselves {Kapit!} once again as the Typhoon from the Pacific heads towards the desert city of Las Vegas to try and break Mayweather's pristine, undefeated and unblemished 47-0 boxing fight record.

P.S. My best Pacquiao-Mayweather articles read so far:

  1. Coach Freddie Roach's Analysis of Manny and Floyd: http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-manny-pacquiaos-camp-is-afraid-of-1425401308
  2. A Primer and Great Analysis of Manny and Floyd's Boxing Styles: http://www.mightyfighter.com/manny-pacquiao-vs-floyd-mayweather-jr-analysis/