Dear Juan Manuel Marquez,
First, thank you for your consideration given to my previous letter, written after your November 12 trilogy fight with Manny Pacquiao (Dear Juan Manuel Marquez). The reason I’m writing a second time is that Don Donatello has written a good article in Now Boxing which I would like to refer to you for your review and consideration. It contains a good assessment of the role of punchstats in judging a boxing match, including an analysis of the three times when the punchstats are likely to be overruled by other factors. He’s also included some relevant video from your first two fights with Manny Pacquiao.
By Don Donatello
There has been a clamor by pro Juan Manuel Marquez fans claiming that punch stats shouldn’t be the main decider of a fight. They are absolutely correct. There are three things that will override significance of the punch stat numbers.
The biggest and obvious one of course is a knockout. It is self explanatory. The significance of one thousand punches will be totally wipe out by a knock out. It is as simple as that.
The second is a knockdown. One knockdown in a round gives the scoring fighter a big edge in that round. It does not however automatically warrant a 10-8 round. If a fighter was totally and utterly dominating a round, but then he gets knocked down, his opponent will win the round by a score of 10-9. But a competitive and close round with a knockdown will automatically be scored a 10-8 round.