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Bradley: Pacquiao Showed His Age, But Horn Didn’t Win the Fight

By Keith Idec

Fittingly, it was Timothy Bradley who warned before Michael Buffer read the scorecards that Jeff Horn might’ve beaten Manny Pacquiao.

Bradley, who scored a controversial split-decision win against Pacquiao five years ago, told Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore during ESPN’s telecast that the Pacquiao-Horn fight was closer than they thought, “a real close fight.” Even Bradley underestimated during ESPN’s broadcast how the judges viewed a grueling welterweight title fight the heavily favored Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision Sunday afternoon in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia.

Unlike Atlas, who’s also Bradley’s trainer, Bradley could see how the judges scored their entertaining, back-and-forth fight for the hometown challenger who produced a huge upset. Bradley pointed to how the bloodied Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), who wasn’t especially sharp, didn’t take issue with the scoring after going 12 hard rounds against the determined, tough Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs).

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“The reason why they’re OK with this decision is Manny Pacquiao tonight did show his age, at 38 years of age,” Bradley told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Steve Levy following the fight. “He showed his age tonight. Horn was out. He was out in I think it was the eighth or ninth round [the ninth]. Pacquiao had him hurt, but then, the next round after that, you saw Pacquiao laying off the gas pedal. You saw Horn come on the next two rounds, might’ve stole the next two rounds in this fight.

“You know, he put up a great, great fight. I don’t think he won the fight. Honestly, I don’t think he won the fight. But I can tell you, he did enough in there to make it look like he won the fight. Manny Pacquiao was bleeding. You know, blood was dripping down in his eyes. It looked like a ‘Rocky’ show, but you know what? Horn got the victory tonight.”

All three judges – New York’s Woleska Roldan, Argentina’s Ramon Cerdan and Arizona’s Chris Flores – scored the fight for Horn, who won the WBO welterweight title. Woldan scored nine of the 12 rounds for the 29-year-old Horn (117-111), while Cerdan and Flores both scored seven rounds for Horn (115-113).

Unofficial CompuBox statistics offered a complete contrast to those three scorecards.

CompuBox credited Pacquiao with landing 182-of-573 overall punches, 90 more during the 12-round fight than Horn (92-of-625). Pacquiao, according to CompuBox, landed 50 more power punches (123-of-380 to 73-of-428) and 40 more jabs (59-of-193 to 19-of-197) than Horn.

“I can tell you this – Manny got caught with some shots in there, some right hands,” said Bradley, who lost a pair of 12-round unanimous decisions to Pacquiao in their two subsequent bouts. “I’m not saying that Jeff Horn won this fight. I’m just saying he did get caught with some shots, he did get backed up at times. Manny Pacquiao caught him with the cleaner, effective punches. … Honestly, I think that Jeff Horn, honestly, lost this fight. I can tell you that much. He lost this fight. He lost this fight. He lost the fight. Steve, he lost the fight. Steve, I get it. But at the same time, Jeff Horn put up a heck of a fight. I don’t know how it looked from y’all end, but he put up a heck of a fight and it was a bloody mess and he got the decision because he’s here in Australia.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Spoon23 on 07-02-2017

[QUOTE=Graz;17822685]I thought Manny had the edge but let's think about it. A crowd of 55,000 people brings a lot of revenue to Brisbane. A rematch would only double that amount. If the judges gave the fight to Manny all that…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-02-2017

[QUOTE=methodcal;17823735]Didn't Timmy say he won the fight how is he an accomplice. If anything **** teddy sounded like he had money on Pac.[/QUOTE]During the fight he kept pointing how well Horn was doing, but Horn wasn't landing jack sh*t! He…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 07-02-2017

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Quote: Originally Posted by Code Red View Post Or maybe Atlas, like you, simply ignored all the good work Horn was doing in preference of swinging off Manny's balls! Yep. Cognitive dissonance poisoned…

Comment by methodcal on 07-02-2017

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;17822156]Bradley seemed like he was rooting for Horn, whereas Teddy Atlas was consistently pointing out how Manny was the dominant fighter! I agree with Teddy! This was a robbery, and Timothy Bradley sounded like an accomplice to the crime![/QUOTE] Didn't…

Comment by Graz on 07-02-2017

I thought Manny had the edge but let's think about it. A crowd of 55,000 people brings a lot of revenue to Brisbane. A rematch would only double that amount. If the judges gave the fight to Manny all that…

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