Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines reacts after his loss to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
Sunday afternoon, eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao found himself on the losing end of a unanimous decision nod against now WBO welterweight world champion Jeff Horn.
Never one to make a scene, win or lose, Pacquiao said post fight that he respected the judges’ decision to give the win to the Brisbane native.
One day later however, on his way home to General Santos City, the Pinoy boxing legend finally opened up about the title bout’s controversial result.
“Para sa akin, lamang tayo ng mga four or five rounds,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.
“Kahit papaano, hindi eh. Tignan mo yung stats,” Pacquiao continued, referring to the punch statistics which showed that the Pinoy landed more punches and landed more accurately than the Aussie.
The 38-year old Pacquiao went on to say that he felt as if things were ‘set up’ against him.
“Feeling ko tuloy na set up ako.”
This wasn’t the first time that Pacquiao found himself on the opposite end of a decision that many deemed questionable. Back in 2012, Pacquiao lost to Timothy Bradley in a bout that many thought he clearly won.
Pacquiao would get his revenge and beat Bradley twice, in 2014 and 2016.
Will this be the same path that the Pacquiao-Horn trilogy takes?
Both parties said post-fight that they’re open to a rematch, given that there’s a rematch clause for Pacquiao in the contract.
“Ayaw ko naman na paboran ako ng referee. Gusto ko parehas yung referee. Kung talo ako, talo ako. Kung panalo ako, panalo ako. Ganun ang gusto ko na referee. Pero ito, grabe. Grabe ang mga referee at judges na ‘yon, hindi nila naisip yung sakripisyo at hard training ng mga fighter.” Pacquiao added.
with a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN
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