Pacquiao loses belt to Horn in unanimous decision

"Considering that Horn is an average fighter at best, it doesn't look good for Pacquiao", said the analyst of the now-38-year-old Pacquiao. "No one can justify Jeff Horn winning that fight but what I think was more surprising is how the Australian performed", said fight sports analyst Carlos Cinco when asked by BusinessWorld for his thoughts shortly after the Brisbane fight came to a controversial conclusion.

"I thought Pacquiao won the fight if you go by the real rules, the Marcus of Queensbury rules!"

Horn's first defence of his title will likely be against Pacquiao later this year (a rematch was part of the original contract between the pair) but the Australian would dearly love to fight the 40-year-old Mayweather before too long.

Talking to the 'Daily Telegraph', Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, called for the judge who scored it 117-111 (as opposed to the other two judges, who scored it 115-113) to be investigated over the judgement.

The loss was the seventh in the storied career of Mr. Pacquiao (59-7-2) and second in his last four fights while Mr. Had Pacquiao been seen by the judges as victorious, then instead of criticism Horn would be applauded for producing arguably the gutsiest performance in Australian boxing history.

"Nothing will change: Senator Manny Pacquiao will remain our People's Champ", Abella said.

"It will be a good test for him to cement his record in history to fight another boxer for his title". The bullying nearly drove Horn to suicide.

"It would be awesome to have him back here fighting and do it again if he wants to, " he said.

"I'm going to talk to Manny about maybe calling it a day, maybe this is it", Roach said. "I respect the judges' decision".

"I feel like he couldn't get a hold of my gap".

"That was hard, sometimes I think people need to be investigated".

The decision was met with criticisms not only in the Philippines but in the United States as well but Pacquiao insists that the 115-113 was fair enough.

"The other (male) American judge (Flores) - and this was quite a shock to me - I had never heard of, it really takes a lot to come up with a championship level judge from the United States I've never heard of, that's nearly impossible to do", Rafael told the Big Sports Breakfast radio show.

  • Stacy Allen