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Arum Reacts To WBO Backing Horn's Shocker Over Pacquiao

Two weeks ago, Australian Jeff Horn pulled off a shock welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao - but there was a lot of controversy over the scorecards [115-113, 115-113, 117-111] and there were many who felt Pacquiao should have been the victor.

As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, the World Boxing Organization reviewed the fight with five independent judges and they declared Horn the clear winner.

The WBO -- which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven -- set up a panel of independent and anonymous judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.

The results were tabulated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement.

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A similar method has been used to review WBO title fights before.

"Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 percent; the 5th round was won by 80 percent; and the 11th round by 60 percent," the WBO said in a statement.

"Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 percent; rounds 2, 4, and 7 by 80 percent; and then, the 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 loss sparked calls in the Philippines for the 38-year-old Pacquiao, a national icon after rising from poverty to be considered one of the greatest fighters of his generation, to retire and concentrate on politics.

Pacquiao briefly quit boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said the result of the World Boxing Organization's review "doesn't settle anything."

"First of all they didn't [rule] that Jeff Horn clearly won the fight. They (WBO) had five judges scoring the fight: three had Horn winning narrowly, one had it at draw, one had Pacquiao winning," Arum told News To Go in an interview.

"Well it doesn't settle anything. It was a very close fight. It could have been scored either way. I had Manny winning the fight by one point, but you know when it gets that close, the fight can go either way."

"Manny has to decide what he wants to do in the future and we'll take it from there. I will see whether he really wants to do a rematch, whether he wants to continue boxing, or whether because of his senatorial duty, he is unable to continue."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by original zero on 07-13-2017

[QUOTE=ironmt;17853993]How many other fights In his career was he dehydrated for and needed an IV? Have you ever showed up at the dr's office and hung around In the waiting room for 5 hrs so that you could give a…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-13-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;17853920]Any order is fine with me. I just know Top Rank is greedy, probably the only reasaon they've kept Manny at 147 so long. Because it's the "money division." So I tried to think of an idea that would…

Comment by ironmt on 07-13-2017

[QUOTE=original zero;17853972]Your position doesn't make any sense. Anybody, of any size, can get dehydrated for a variety of reasons. Saline is just salt water. It was not against the rules. However, Floyd & Manny voluntarily agreed that even though it…

Comment by original zero on 07-13-2017

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;17853915]Floyd is bigger than you think. If he wasn't a huge welterweight why was he so "dehydrated" he had to use illegal saline IVs to make weight vs Pacquiao? Or will you save us all a lot of time…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 07-13-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;17847402]I follow your logic, up until the suggestion of a tournament. Make Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko @ 135, ASAP! In-house fight, should be very easy to make! WBC is already pushing for Garcia vs. Linares, so if Pac beats Loma, and…

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