Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao was not surprised with the World Boxing Organization (WBO) review result upholding Australian Jeff Horn’s victory, he said this week.
“We have seen worse judgments in the past where judges manipulated results. Nothing surprises me now,” Pacquiao told reporters on Tuesday, July 11.
Earlier, the Philippine Games and Amusements Board (GAB) asked the WBO to conduct a “thorough review” for possible miscalls on the recent world welterweight title bout between Pacquiao and Horn.
Criticisms flooded the internet after Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Horn through a controversial unanimous decision on Sunday, July 2 during a match held at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
“Let the people judge for themselves. People saw what happened,” Pacquiao added.
In a statement on Monday, July 10, the WBO announced the results of its independent review of the match, saying that three of its five independent judges awarded the victory to Horn, one to Pacquiao, and the remaining one scored a draw.
Based on its findings, the WBO said Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 percent; the 5th round by 80 percent; and the 11th round by 60 percent.
Horn, on the other hand, won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 percent; the 2nd, 4th, and 7th rounds by 80 percent; and 10th round by 60 percent.
“From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout,” the WBO concluded.
The bout’s original scores were 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, all in favor of Horn.
The WBO earlier clarified that it cannot reverse the original match result, and that the re-scoring of the fight was only a response to the GAB’s request with the purpose of giving fans “certainty of who was the winner of the fight.”
While GAB thanked the WBO for swiftly responding to its review request, it criticized referee Mark Nelson for supposedly not doing a proper job.
“We are grateful that WBO acted promptly on our request but no matter what review they do, it will be hard to change the result as the referee didn’t call it close,” GAB chairman Abraham Mitra said.
“The judges’ scores would have greatly changed if the refs did their job properly. He didn’t give Manny the respect and fair protection that is due to a people’s champ,” Mitra added.
With a rematch clause in the fight contract, both Pacquiao and Horn said they are open to the idea of settling the issue inside the ring.
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