As the controversy over last night’s Pacquiao-Bradley split decision continues to engulf the boxing world, here is some raw material so you can do some analysis of your own. First, the official judges scorecard:
And then, the compubox round by round figures. This is the compubox report that has real relevance — the overall figures for the fight mean nothing because a boxing match is, in reality, 12 separate mini-matches and there is no “rollover” from round to round. In my experience analyzing this, it is very unusual (almost unheard of) for a fighter to have the kind of commanding edge Pacquiao had overall in compubox stats and still lose the fight; but the real test is to look at it on a round by round basis.
My next move will be to chart all of the above on an excel spreadsheet that will help identify the expected anomalies which would be in the form of rounds where Pacquiao dominated in punches landed and power punches but one or more judges gave the round to Bradley. I have not done that review yet — if it turns out that there aren’t rounds like that, I’ll be surprised, and will say so.