Mexican boxing idol Juan Manuel Marquez was caught on camera with his alleged "dirty foot tricks" that many boxing fans believe could be the reason Manny Pacquiao failed to satisfy his fans who were expecting another classic fight.
In a YouTube video of the Saturday night fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Marquez was seen stepping on Pacquiao's foot several times in what many viewers believe was an intentional move.
In several photos posted on the mp8.ph website and on YouTube video, it would appear that Marquez was doing it deliberately to make Pacquiao lose his balance, and for him to find his target with relative ease.
The text found in the photo caption says it is up to fight fans to decide whether the tactics applied were intentional or accidental.
"We will leave it to fight fans to decide on whether some tactics applied in bout were intentional or accidental."
"One thing is certain, if you're wondering why Manny didn’t move as much, perhaps he couldn’t with Juan Manuel Marquez stepping on Pacquiao’s foot all night."
"You can’t fault a referee who is watching a blow being thrown not to see this old trick, or this accident repeated often.We have forwarded the photos to the Nevada Commission."
Marquez stepped on the foot of Pacquiao not once but at least five times said Ed de la Vega, who writes for Philboxing.com
"Once or twice is rather excusable as it may happen when a southpaw is facing a fighter who is not. Feet are bound to tangle," he said.
"When feet tangle it’s an accident. But when one steps on the opponent’s foot not once but several times, it is cheating," he added.
After the fight, Marquez complained he was robbed of his victory, and also talked about retirement in protest of what he believes was a flawed officiating.
During the post-fight interview, Pacquiao said he is willing to agree to a rematch with Marquez to bring closure to the long-running saga.