Originally Posted by Bogotazo
I thought that too, but I see a lot of times this happens in the ring (DLH Vargas) and unless the fighter is blatantly being held by the ropes (Toney vs RJJ, Dirrel Abraham) then I think he gets a pass for it because he's on his feet and leaning against the ropes, which isn't against the rules.
Here's a better angle of JMM holding on to the ropes at 3:04:
JMM didn't seem to be leaning on the ropes. Instead, his side was on the ropes and his feet were clearly off-balance for a moment. He definitely remedied his balance by hanging on to the ropes using his hands. He was also very disoriented that he walk to the wrong corner.
I see your point and I understand that JMM hanging on to the ropes doesn't seem a big of a deal. However, for other people who scrutinize the results and saying that Pac got a pass, the rule says that hanging on to the ropes is a knockdown, so those people need to include this fact in their scrutiny.
Personally, it's a very close fight and I have no problem either one winning it, or a draw.