Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Horn stuns Pacquiao in bloody battle

Horn stuns Pacquiao in bloody battle

Multi-weight world champion Pacquiao was expected to have few problems against the unheralded Horn on Sunday, but suffered a controversial loss at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium as the Australian was declared the victor - and new WBO welterweight champion - by all three judges.

Given no chance by most observers, the 29-year-old Horn's ultra-aggressive style proved too much for Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to the Australian after 12 rounds.

But Pacquiao's conditioning trainer, the Los Angeles-based former Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, was critical of the referee and the judging.

"Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like a pumpkin".

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

"That's the decision of the judges. Those scores, that card?" he said, "It should be the other way".

"We would like to echo the stand of many boxing followers on the possible errors of the referee and the judges who officiated the subject fight", their statement said. "But when you come into someone's backyard, you need to really do a number on them or knock them out, that's basically all there is to it". You could sense that he was willing to do whatever it took to get the victory.

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The jaded writer from Sports Illustrated thought Horn won only three rounds.

Pacquiao, bleeding profusely from cuts high above both eyes caused by accidental head clashes, launched a savage counterattack in the ninth round and appeared to have Horn in trouble with some massive blows that left the Australian staggering.

Just like his post-match commentary, Atlas was frank as he spoke to the newly minted welterweight champ, telling Horn face-to-face: "I thought you lost".

Pacquiao singled out the handling of United States referee Mark Nelson as a case in point, complaining that the Minnesota-based third man didn't do anything at all in warning the rugged Horn.

"I'm so happy, I can't explain my feelings", Horn said at ringside, before welcoming the prospect of a rematch. "I'm not a quitter". We've showed we're winners.

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.

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