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Old 09-25-2012, 04:36 AM   #70
carrotlad
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Default Re: Manny Pacquiao is a More accurate Power puncher than Floyd Mayweather.

Scientific statistics have no place in boxing.

These statistics are heavily flawed.
There is a case to be made that it is harder to land shots as shots thrown increases (Pacquiao)
but that's about as far as the comparison can be truly drawn.

If we look at these 2 boxers and compare them as separate and complete subjects (each defined by having their
specific skills, styles and dimensions) then many of these variables can be eliminated.
[What this means is that you cannot draw upon one characteristic of either boxer and determine how it affected the results]

If they are compared as a complete article, styles and size of subject can be overlooked.
Variables to be controlled depend on:
1) The people the subjects have fought would have to be same. In a true test this would be the independent
variable; what we would change in order to see it's effect on the dependent variable (accuracy).

2) How the opponents fight the subjects. Perhaps a less obvious one, the style in which the opponent fights
the subject will greatly affect the accuracy. This would have to be controlled as best as possible. It's very common for
a boxer to fight one opponent one way, and a different opponent another way. To be a completely fair test
the opponent would have had to have fought the exact same fight for both subjects.

3) Physical Factors (size of the ring, glove size, weight class). Need to be controlled in order to to
ensure they do not affect the results. They would have to be the same for all fights compared.

4)Other Factors (referee, crowd, location). All may affect the mental condition and therefore performance
of either the subject or opponent.

Hopefully you will have seen there is no way a true scientific level of testing will ever be done. Statistics have no place in boxing, outside the financial aspect.
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