I’m not really a boxing fan, and I won’t pretend to be one. But I’ve watched many fighting game matches, played many fighting game matches, and so I will use a fighting game analogy to describe the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight: Mayweather turtled more and won by timeout with more HP remaining.
Defence is a very under-appreciated skill in sports. If a fighter or sports team adopts a defensive-minded strategy, they are labelled as “boring” by spectators. The most recent example of Chelsea’s last few games in the 2014 to 2015 Premier League season is a testament to that. Tigran Petrosian, World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969, was described by chess media as “dull” and “ultra-conservative” for his defensive and closed playstyle. His opponents on the other hand, said that Petrosian was nearly unbeatable because there was almost no way to get past his wall of defence.
“They say my games should be more ‘interesting’. I could be more ‘interesting’ — and also lose.” – Tigran Petrosian
My colleague once remarked candidly in the office: “Why do goalkeepers always have to spoil the party? We want to see more goals!”.
I was a goalkeeper/defender during secondary school for my class team, and needless to say I was gravely annoyed by that comment.
To all the Tigran Petrosians, Jose Mourinhos, Manuel Neuers, and Floyd Mayweathers in the world: thank you for showing the world that a strong defence can also win matches, and don’t let accusations of your so-called “boring” playstyle discourage you.
Because defence wins matches.