ANALYSIS: Pacquiao more active with his punches in recent bouts, numbers show


Posted at Jul 19 2019 06:26 AM

Manny Pacquiao landed 190 more punches combined against Adrien Broner, Lucas Matthysse and Jeff Horn. Wendell Alinea

Manny Pacquiao has increased the volume of his punches in his past 3 fights, compared with the 3 bouts prior, computation by ABS-CBN News showed.

Pacquiao’s last 3 opponents were Adrien Broner (2019), Lucas Matthysse (2018) and Jeff Horn (2017); before that, he fought Jessie Vargas (2016), Timothy Bradley (2016) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2015).

Against Broner, Matthysse and Horn, Pacquiao landed 190 more punches than them (389-199), or nearly twice as many.

Prior to those fights, Pacquiao was outpunched 351-350 versus Vargas, Bradley and Mayweather.

Computation was based on numbers provided by CompuBox and the Throwdown Scoring app.

In other categories, the difference in Pacquiao’s performances between those 2 sets of opponents was pronounced.

In jabs connected and jabs attempted, Pacquiao was plus-54 and plus-260, respectively, against the Broner trio; he was minus-19 and a mere plus-20 versus the Mayweather troika.

In power punches landed and attempted, Pacquiao was plus-136 and plus-19, respectively, in his past 3 bouts; he was only plus-18 and minus-42 in the 3 prior.

In all, Pacquiao threw 1,485 punches against the 1,206 combined by Broner, Matthysse and Horn; he attempted 1,276 punches against the 1,298 by Vargas, Bradley and Mayweather.

The difference comes up to plus-279 in Pacquiao’s favor against the former, and minus-22 versus the latter trio mentioned.

Fight analyst Dennis Principe said Pacquiao’s evolution as a methodical slugger has never been more in full display than in his past 3 bouts, especially since Broner, Matthysse and Horn are boxers who press the action.

“His controlled aggressiveness has played a big role. Sa welterweight kasi, mas madali para kay Manny na tamaan and kalaban niya because of his speed and timing,” Principe said.

“When you face barroom brawlers like Jeff Horn and itong Matthysse, sige basagan tayo mukha, pero they open themselves up to a Manny Pacquiao who is used to beating people up.”

Against Mayweather, Pacquiao fought one of the best defensive boxers ever. Bradley and Vargas’ style were such that they never sought out a KO victory.

Going by the overall record of Keith Thurman, Pacquiao’s next opponent, the kind of activity demonstrated by Pacquiao in his past 3 fights could become evident again when they tangle for the world welterweight title in Las Vegas, on July 21 (Sunday morning, Manila time).

Thurman, a natural action-oriented fighter whose career slowed down because of injuries, is undefeated in 29 fights, 22 of those wins came by knockout. 

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