Originally Posted by kidcaustic
No the jab is equally as useful and even more in some people's eyes as a tool...it's the fastest and generally most elusive punch therefore it's the thing that does the grunt work of setting stuff up by distracting the guy or giving you a rhythm, pawing can be just as effective as power jabs even against a top striker if you do it well. It's a multifarious technique. That's why when someone paws a jab the other guys meets it with his own fist, there's a very small window where it is punishable unlike looping punches or a power jab which is very close to a cross.
This is true but only to an extent. For it to be truly effective in that manner or with feints against a top notch striker you first have to gain their respect with jabs that cause damage. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but more often than not pawing a jab against a talented striker is just asking to eat a counter right.