Manny Pacquiao says the WBO has to 'explain' Battle of Brisbane decision
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 05, 2017 11:35 AM
Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines and Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
It has been days since the now-infamous "Battle of Brisbane", where eight-division world boxing champion and Filipino sporting icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao found himself in the losing end of a controversial twelve-round unanimous decision nod against Australian Jeff "The Hornet" Horn.
Many were outraged by the decision and took to social media to express their displeasure, and the Philippine Games and Amusements board even reached out to the World Boxing Organization, the sanctioning body that supervised the Pacquiao-Horn title clash, Sunday.
In a press release posted on the Games and Amusements Board Facebook page, it states that GAB Chairman Abraham Mitra, along with commissioners Eduard Trinidad and Matthew Gaston, sent an email to WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel, asking for a 'through review' of the Pacquiao-Horn fight.
"We would like to echo the stand of many boxing followers on the possible errors of the referee and the judges who officiated the fight,” read the letter.
The letter also stated that GAB wasn't looking to change any results, but rather be able to see what went wrong in the officiating of the fight.
"While we respect the decision, we are constrained to request for a thorough review by the WBO to identify possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity."
Pacquiao, who spoke about the officiating and judging of the fight, reacts to GAB's letter, saying that the WBO should explain the fight's decision.
"I have no questions about the decision, but the people are questioning the decision, so they have to explain that," Pacquiao said in an interview via ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo. "Hindi naman natin ano yan eh, sila naman may kasalanan, anong explanation nila about that. Pag hindi sila nagbigay ng explanation, eh makakasira ng imahe ng sport ng boxing."
"Para sa akin, ako, papabayaan ko na lang 'yan, pero siyempre, hindi mo naman ma-ano yung damdamin ng mga tao. For how many years na nanonood sila ng boxing, alam naman siguro nila kung ano ang tama at mali, sinong nanalo o sinong talo.
In turn, the WBO responded, saying that the only time a referee or judge's decision can be reveresed is in the case of a violation or fraud, which they say that the Pacquiao-Horn match wasn't.
The discretion of a referee or judge cannot be reversed, except in a case of fraud or violation of laws which is not the case in Pac vs Horn— WBO (@WorldBoxingOrg) July 4, 2017
Pacquiao lost to Horn on the scorecards of Sunday's match, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113. This came after referee Mark Nelson nearly stopped the fight after Horn absorbed a ton of damage from Pacquiao.
As a result, Horn became the new WBO welterweight world champion.