Originally Posted by kingjosh
i get where you are going with your argument. The only thing is that it does matter when you say that there is no difference between styles. Paulie Malinaggi uses a shoulder roll, but is nothing like Mayweather. Shyt Toney's style is nothing like Mayweather's.
He tried to emulate Abril.
he tried to emulate isn't important. That's not really the point.
It's more about using techniques that a fighter doesn't have the right tools for and hasn't used before. All of those guys you mentioned use certain techniques in their own style and stick to using them. Often the same techniques. All common boxing techniques. Obviously they are going to use them in different ways. You aren't going to see Malignaggi come in trying to bomb a power puncher out though, and this is the point.
A guy that's really easy to hit and doesn't use a defensive counter punching style should not try to do so in a fight against a guy with a great inside game and excellent power. It's a recipe for disaster. He's an offensive power puncher that breaks guys down. He should have stuck to that while mixing in his basic boxing skills. His jab was working well and trying to find space was good. He didn't need to try using what had worked for Abril, because it clearly wasn't going to work for him
We still got a good fight, but it would have been great regardless I think.