Manny Pacquiao upset by Jeff Horn, loses WBO title in Brisbane
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 02, 2017 01:29 PM
Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
Not many people had Jeff Horn going past six rounds.
At the end of twelve rounds, Brisbane's proud son was the new WBO welterweight world champion after beating eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao via Unanimous Decision, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, Sunday afternoon at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Horn was agressive early on, pushing the pace on the smaller Pacquiao, but it didn't take too long for the Pinoy to find his angles and catch the Australian coming in.
Pacquiao opened a cut up on Horn in round three, but that didn't slow Horn down as he kept pressing forward in the succeeding rounds.
A couple of accidental headbutts in the sixth and seventh rounds opened a couple of cuts on Pacquiao's head, leaving the Pinoy bloody.
The cuts didn't hinder Pacquiao from dominating the ninth round, lighting Horn up and nearly getting the stoppage.
Referee Mark Nelson threatened to stop the fight between the ninth and tenth rounds, but the Horn corner pleaded to fight on. Nelson agreed, asking Horn to "show me something" in the tenth frame, and the Aussie did as such, staying in the fight.
Both Pacquiao and Horn appeared to be gassed in the eleventh round, but managed to close out the fight with entertaining exchanges until the final bell after the twelfth round.
The Suncorp Stadium erupted after Michael Buffer announced the decision, with their hometown boy Horn getting the judges nod to dethrone Pacquiao as WBO's 147-pound champion.
When asked about a rematch, Horn was all for it. "Yeah, bring it on."
Pacquiao on the other hand, didn't say much about the controversial decision. "That's the decision of the judges. I respect that."
As for the rematch, Pacquiao is on the same page as his Australian conqueror as well: "Absolutely, we have a rematch."
Pacquiao falls to 59-7-2, while Horn, the new champion, remains unbeaten at 17-0-1.