Manny Pacquiao got robbed, but Jeff Horn beat expectations

Phillip Butler
July 4, 2017

Australia's Jeff Horn stunned Filipino Manny Pacquiao in a bloody Brisbane battle to claim a unanimous 12-round decision and win the WBO world welterweight title in front of 50,000 fans at Lang Park Sunday.

With scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 all in favor of hometown bet Horn, the boxing world was shaken by the result of the marquee fight in Brisbane, with many believing that Mr. Pacquiao did just enough to win by being more accurate with his punches and landing bigger blows than his opponent. Knowing him like I do, he will stew on this for a couple of weeks and then decide that he can't let a loss to Jeff Horn be his last fight.

While the verdict was questioned by many, who pointed to Pacquiao landing a much higher percentage of punches and nearly stopping his opponent in the ninth round, Roach said: "It went the other way and we have to live with that".

Pacquiao, one of the finest boxers of his generation, paid the price for a slow start and his inability to end the fight with a knockout.

They said Pacquiao "looked old" inside the ring Sunday.

"Nothing will change: Senator Manny Pacquiao will remain our People's Champ", Abella said. Many believed he would crumble in the opening rounds, with his lack of big-time experience against A-grade opposition coming back to haunt him.

The veteran had bounced back from his defeat to Floyd Mayweather in 2015 by overcoming Tim Bradley in their rubber match and comfortably beating Jessie Vargas to become a world champion once more. With Horn charging forward all day, he ducked down and it was nearly inevitable one of them would be opened. But boxing experts were almost unanimous in their opinion that Horn received a gift, and Pacquiao was the bout's true victor.

"Jeff executed beautifully and it just went pretty much how I thought it would go", said Rushton. "A lot of Queenslanders think I won the fight and people around the world".

"I was looking in his eyes late in the fight to see where he was at and what he had left in the tank", Rushton said.

Arum said it was "a close fight".

Horn, a former high school substitute teacher, was not overawed by the occasion at all.

Roach had said earlier in the week that he'd think about advising Pacquiao to retire if he lost the fight, but they're already considering a rematch. You could sense that he was willing to do whatever it took to get the victory.

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