Horn stuns Pacquiao to win WBO welterweight

Horn stuns Pacquiao to win WBO welterweight

Manny Pacquiao had already left town without saying much, even as criticism of the referee in the WBO welterweight world title fight and the judges who awarded a unanimous points decision to a previously nearly anonymous Jeff Horn was still pouring in on social media.

Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines and Jeff Horn, left, of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017.

"He was quick when he put combinations together but I felt controlling the gap made it easier to see the punches coming", Horn said.

I'm no expert on how fights are scored and judged but, for now, I'm just happy to see that the victor was the one who has (to our knowledge) never said that gay people are worse than animals. Minutes later, ringside announcer Michael Buffer crowned Horn as the new title holder - remarkably by a unanimous points decision - and the boxing world was left dumbfounded.

Famous fight promoter Lou Di Bella said, "Three sixth-graders who had never seen a fight before would have been more accurate (scoring the fight)".

The Australian responded by paying tribute to his rival, describing him as "an absolute warrior, a legend of the sport".

Horn, 29, surpassed nearly every expectation that had been placed on him.




The battered and bruised Horn is excited by the prospect of a rematch with Pacquiao.

Pacquiao's Australian coach, former heavyweight boxer Justin Fortune, had described the referee as "sketchy" and the judges as "crazy" following the bout. "I'm going to talk to Manny about maybe calling it a day, maybe this is it", Roach said.

"If they let Manny fight again, that's stupid", said the Australian great.

He was close to finishing it in the 9th when he relentlessly pounded Horn and had him wobbling - to the point where referee Mark Nelson asked the 29-year-old former schoolteacher if he could continue - and could also have come out with the win.

"I got called "gay" a lot". "I don't go there and teach but I still go to the schools and I know the kids will be proud of what I have done".

"You're not supposed to get it for trying hard!"

Pacquiao had been hoping to set up a second big-money showdown with Floyd Mayweather, but it was Horn who called for a fight with the unbeaten American immediately after his win. Over the weekend, he brought that same heat to a fight he was broadcasting, when he absolutely lost his mind after a controversial decision was announced.

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