|A You Tube video grab showing Juan Manuel Marquez stepping on Manny Pacquiao’s foot.
MANILA, Philippines – Did Juan Manuel Marquez use dirty tactics against Manny Pacquiao during their third bout last Saturday?
A YouTube video shows the Mexican boxer stepped on Pacquiao's foot at least 5 times during their 12-round WBO welterweight title match last Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
The foot stomp is an old boxing trick used to stop a boxer in his tracks during a fight. This prevents a boxer from stepping forward when he is attacking his opponent.
This also hampers a boxer from stepping away when he is defending himself from his opponent.
Some of the foot stomping took place in Rounds 6, 7 and 8, which Marquez reportedly led on points.
Marquez also stomped on Pacquiao's foot twice in Round 12.
Despite the alleged stomping, Pacquiao got away with a majority decision, a result deemed by many in the boxing community as a mistake.
Boxing scribe Brad Cooney of Examiner.com said that at first, he suspected that the foot stomping may have been accidental.
Conney said this is typical in boxing matches between an orthodox and a southpaw fighter.
“When I first heard about this I was a bit suspect because whenever you have a southpaw fighting an orthodox fighter, from time to time the feet can get tangled up,” he said in his article.
Cooney, however, pointed out that the foot stomping happened 5 times.
“It's obvious that JMM steps on Manny's foot several times throughout the fight. It's not just one round either. When looking at the video of the fight, it's clear that JMM steps on Manny's foot in rounds 6, 7, 8, and twice in round 12. By accident? Maybe, but not probable. I can see if it was once or twice, but JMM stepped on Manny's foot 5 times at least,” he said.
In his Twitter account, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach also addressed the issue.
"Marquez was consistently stepping on Manny's foot, could that cause cramps?" LuckyLindy21 asked Roach.
"No, very common when southpaws face right handers," Roach responded.
Pacquiao said after the fight that he suffered from cramps starting in the 2nd round, which affected his balance and in-and-out movement.