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By Elena Aben 

Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday urged the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to act on the request of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) to review his welterweight world title match against Australian Jeff Horn over possible errors and lapses by the referee and judges.

While Pacquiao stressed that he has accepted the judges’ decision, the senator said that “truth and fairness” must be upheld.

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia Sunday. (AP | Manila Bulletin)

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia Sunday.
(AP | Manila Bulletin)

“WBO should take appropriate action on the letter sent by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing,” Pacquiao said in a statement.

“On my part, I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public,” he added.

Pacquiao went on to emphasize: “I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating.”

In a letter to WBO president Francisco Valcarcel, the GAB asked for a review of the July 2 Pacquiao-Horn fight dubbed as the “Battle of Brisbane.”

Horn defeated Pacquiao on a controversial unanimous decision, with the judges giving a score of 115-113, 115-113, 117-111, all in favor of the Australian boxer.

The verdict was widely criticized by many fight fans and boxing experts.

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