Clinching is one of the tools an outboxer/counterpuncher has to use to prevent an infighter from unleashing close-range combination punches.
Do it too much though, and the pugilist risks the ire of boxing fans and casual observers alike. They pay to get entertained after all, and if there’s too much hugging and not enough slugging, they most likely won’t be too eager to cough up dough for the next live ticket or pay-per-view.
The fact is, Pacquiao might have lost to Mayweather, but if it weren’t for him, the fight wouldn’t have been interesting to watch at all. I liked his mix of aggression and caution – it’s clear he learned something from his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. If only the team had paid attention to their paperwork, then maybe the shoulder issue wouldn’t have come into play, and the fight could’ve been even more exciting…
Mayweather on the other hand… good grief. If you’re familiar with Joji Morikawa’s Hajime no Ippo manga, Money styled the fight just like Kobashi vs Makunouchi – kill the infighter’s rhythm with clinches, and make him lose his patience with weak but accurate counters. It’s certainly fascinating from a technical standpoint, but it doesn’t exactly get the blood pumping.
Anyway, enough of that, what’s done is done. This vid, though! It’s a parody, but it’s amusing to see how close it comes to replicating the actual results of the fight.
Pacquiao vs Mayweather Punch-Out Parody
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