The four categories of scoring a boxing match under the “10 point must” scoring system are as follows:
Cleaner punches: Marquez. He picked his shots carefully, he was more efficient, and he rung Manny’s bell with lead rights and uppercuts. His left hooks to the body had the most effect on the fight, IMO. (However, body punches don’t seem to mean anything to judges nowadays.) Manny landed more punches but many were glancing shots and honestly Marquez didn’t seem bothered by any.
Pacquiao hands down was the aggressor in the fight. It seemed at first he was looking to counter Marquez because it was widely documented by Ariza, that they were expecting Marquez to come in for a KO. It was certainly not the case. Marquez had the size but the plan was the same. React to the more aggressive Manny Pacquaio.
Ring generalship basically means who is controlling the flow and pace of the fight. The fight went clockwise all night, Manny never seemed to be able to cut the ring off (as Freddie roach was telling him to do so in between rounds). Manny’s left was a non-factor in the fight. Marquez maintained the outside position and circled away from Manny’s power. Manny had some success in rounds 6 and 7 cutting off the ring but only for moments. Makes you wonder how much the panicking of Buboy and Ariza screaming in Pac’s ears have an effect on Manny listening to the chief in his corner. My advice to Ariza and Buboy are to stay quiet in between rounds, Freddie knows.
Defense. Marquez’ defense is his offense. Unlike much of today’s American fighter who uses his legs to escape punches, Marquez will stick you with counters and keep you off balance all night. That’s exactly what he did. He caught Manny’s shots, he countered, and feinted Manny into throwing wild punches.
CompuBox, thank God, is not a category. Crowd reaction is not a category. Title holders are given no advantage(Pac-Marquez 2). Consider the above categories and judge the fight for yourself.
*I scored the fight 8-4 for Marquez. 2 of the rounds I gave Marquez were close. I could see a draw but 115-113 is a stretch. 116-112 is aberration.