Re: What could Patterson have done differently against Liston?
I am minded to say that his best option would be not to sign the contract however-
The most critical thing with Liston is not to come towards him. This is exactly what he feeds off. Once you deny him that he has a long night on his hands.
I would advise Patterson to make Liston force the fight, use lateral movment to prevent him from setting up the jab. It probably wont work but it might make things more competitive.