Mike states he did it of respect but some still call it a cheap move.
“I looked at him (Jeremy Raser – Double-knockout.com) and he was like twitching and I said ‘this last combination I gonna pool is gonna knock him out’ and I felt really terrible. It’s not really a mercy rule, it’s a respect”, Mike explained his move later to “Inside MMA” TV show.
Mike’s decision was a shocking surprise for Jeremy who said that he was confused first but this feeling was quickly replaced with anger: “I felt I got a lot more in me. Yeah, I got beat up, I got punched a lot, kicked a lot, I got a bloody nose. Well, that’s just a bloody nose – I wish it would have continued”. But as the fighters had a brief postfight talk, Raser cooled down a bit. “You gotta know Mike, if you get to talk to the kid – there’s nothing wrong with what he did. I don’t take it too hard, so nobody out there should take it too hard. If you meet the kid, he really is a good guy, he did it out of respect and purely out of respect”, he said later to ACSLive.
Pantangco really is a generous guy but, as his interviews show, he realizes the fact that such a move is possible only if you are an amateur and not paid for the fight. In the mentioned interview to “Inside MMA” he confessed that if he should go pro, he would not do that to a stunned opponent.