Video Reply: Pacquiao Stepping on Marquez' Foot – accidental or intentional?

Not surprisingly given the outcry among Pacquiao fans over the video compilation of Marquez stepping on Pacquiao’s foot, an enterprising Marquez fan has put together a video reply showing Pacquiao doing the same to Marquez.  As with the first video, I”m going to post it without a whole lot of commentary. I will just make the general observation that whenever southpaw and orthodox fighters meet, foot-stepping and unintentional head butts are common.

In this video, which is taken from the UK broadcast with Amir Khan providing commentary, Khan comments on the footstepping issue as it is happening. He views it as a natural outcome of southpaw/orthodox fighting, and describes the whole process of each boxer trying to get outside position with his foot, and how important that is, and how that tends to lead to inadvertent foot-stepping.

So, without further ado (and with apologiesfor the insulting and gratuitous graphics cards that the author has inserted — but remember he was responding to a video that called Marquez a “dirty fighter” and “cheat”), here is the footage of Pacman stepping on Marquez feet:

And here, for convenient reference, is the video of Marquez stepping on Marquez foot:

Now I have already seen some comment claiming there is a qualitative difference in the way Pacquiao steps on Marquez’ foot, as compared to how Marquez steps on Pacquiao’s foot.

My personal view is that this is pretty much what you see when they show closeups in NBA games of the two big mean on the court jostling for position — one fouls the other; the other fouls back; and the refs call it “no harm, no foul”. I don’t see either side gaining much advantage, nor do I hear either side complaining.

I really think it’s time for people to let go of this unless we hear some new information (a complaint from Roach, for example) that would shed new light on it.

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