Pacquiao had foot cramps during fight


Posted at Nov 13 2011 07:56 PM | Updated as of Nov 14 2011 06:30 PM

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines attends a post-fight news conference following his majority decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada November 13, 2011 (Manila time). REUTERS

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao said he was suffering from foot cramps during his WBO welterweight title clash against rival Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada (Sunday morning in Manila).

Pacquiao said the pain started in the fourth round of their 12-round fight, and his feet continued to ache throughout the rest of the fight.

He escaped with a majority decision win over Marquez and retained his WBO title.

Roach said the Filipino boxer was clearly affected by the pain.

"It was difficult [for] Manny. His in-and-out motion was affected and he was coming in flatfooted," Roach told Yahoo! Sports.

"The pain started in his arches and then spread up to his calf. It is something that we really have to figure out and we will get advice on it," he added.

Roach maintained, however, that they were not making excuses for Pacquiao's performance in the fight, which has been described as lackluster and lacking his usual power and explosiveness.

"I felt so bad that my balance was gone," Pacquiao said. "Every time I threw a punch I could feel it."

It was not the first time Pacquiao experienced foot cramps, as he was also in pain during his May 2011 fight with Shane Mosley. Pacquiao won that fight by a unanimous decision.