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Arum Not Angry: Pacquiao-Horn Could Have Gone Either Way

BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 51,000 people.

The 11-time world champion entered the fight at Suncorp Stadium as a hot favorite but got more than he bargained for against the 29-year-old former schoolteacher.

Still, Pacquiao dominated the later rounds and had Horn wobbling at the end of the 9th.

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Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach predicted the fight would be short and sweet but Horn — unbeaten in his 17 previous professional fights — applied pressure by winning some of the early rounds and Pacquiao needed treatment during the 6th and 7th rounds for a cut on the top of his head that resulted from a clash of heads.

The judges scored the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113, and Horn declared himself "no joke."

Roach had said earlier in the week that he'd think about advising Pacquiao to retire if he lost the fight, but that would depend on how he fought.

Horn can't see Pacquiao retiring any time soon.

"I'm sure he'll want to come back. It was a close decision and I'm sure he'll want to come back and prove himself," Horn said.

Top Rank promotor Bob Arum said there was a clause for a rematch, but he'd give it time before talking to Pacquiao about it.

"I know Jeff would welcome the rematch, but I don't know Manny's future position," Arum said. "Is he going to stay in politics and not continue in boxing? I don't know, and he doesn't know now — it's unfair to ask him now."

Regarding the scoring, Arum said it was "a close fight. It could have gone either way."

"A couple of close rounds, but you can't argue with the result," Arum said. "I scored a lot of the early rounds for Jeff. Then I had Manny coming back in the middle. The 12th round, Jeff really won. If you give Manny the 11th, you have it a draw. You give Jeff the 11th, it's 7-5."

Pacquiao's camp had talked about a rematch with Mayweather if he got past Horn, hoping to avenge his loss on points in the 2015 mega fight. That seems to be a distant chance now.

Pacquiao, who entered the fight with a record of 59-6-2, 38 knockouts, was defending the WBO title he won on points against Jessie Vargas last November.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by OnePunch on 07-02-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;17824434]Im not talking about vegas, theres books around the world thatll take that bet,& even vegas would take that bet as its easy money to them(hes a teacher ffs),but your right that theres limits,but just imagine the payout with horns…

Comment by kushking on 07-02-2017

[QUOTE=OnePunch;17824409]you would NEVER be able to lay any sizable money on a prop bet because of book limits, you might get to bet $2,000 or maybe $4,000 and then that line would be taken down immediately. Vegas isnt going for…

Comment by OnePunch on 07-02-2017

[QUOTE=kushking;17824396][B]Actually your wrong you can bet prop bets on just about anything[/B],& a fighter winning by certain amount of points or winning certain rds etc are all bets can be made. And I disagree completely about arum or roach not…

Comment by kushking on 07-02-2017

[QUOTE=OnePunch;17824293]except there is no such thing as betting on a "wide points victory". The available bet would only reflect a decision win, not the actual score differences. So what I mean is a 120-108 decision win would pay the exact…

Comment by OnePunch on 07-02-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;17824363]So your response is to bring up how Haymon might have had something to do with the scorecards for Easter-Shafikov? You're completely biased.[/QUOTE] no, my response is to point out the hypocrisy of people like you who cry "FIX!!!" everytime…

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