Jeff Horn: A lot of People Think I Won, I Hope To Get Mayweather!

Jeff Horn has put the controversy over his unanimous-decision win over Manny Pacquiao firmly behind him, saying there will always be doubters in the world of boxing.

Horn stunned Pacquiao and the boxing world to clinch the WBO welterweight title in the 'Battle of Brisbane' at Lang Park, but the unanimous decision — which included one judge awarding the fight 117-111 — sparked outrage on social media.

But Horn is nonplussed by the furore, saying he believed he won the fight.


"There will always be a backlash where people say I got lucky, or whatever. There will always be the naysayers saying I didn't win the fight, but I felt like I won the fight," he said.

"A lot of Queenslanders think I won the fight and people around the world. So you will always have the select few that will be against you."

The result drew opprobrium from many prominent personalities, including Samuel L Jackson and Kobe Bryant, as well as Pacquiao's camp.

But Horn said he hadn't seen their tweets slamming the result.

"I haven't seen the Twitter of those guys, but I've seen my Facebook and that's gone gangbusters at the moment," he said.

"Manny Pacquaio is an absolute warrior, a legend of the sport. He might have come underdone in this fight, I don't know.

"I guess if we have a rematch and he put his all in, he might come in better, I don't know.

"It was, I guess, the Manny Show. Even on TV, I can remember watching programs saying the Manny Pacquaio fight in Brisbane. My name wasn't normally mentioned in those programs, but now hopefully I'm a bit more recognised and I've established myself in the boxing community a bit more."

Horn started the match like a house on fire, taking the fight to Pacquiao before tiring later on. He said he was happy with the start which appeared to seal his win.

"It felt good in the first few rounds and felt I had the the measure and was happy with the distance."

Horn, a school teacher by trade, expects to be stopped in the street a lot more from now on, having put Australian boxing firmly on the map.

"The good thing is that it started happening nice and slowly for a few months, so I've kind of started getting used to it, but it will be a bit of a shock to the system. I guess I'm ready. I have to be ready," he said.

"My students will also be proud. I have a lot to do with the school still. I don't go there and teach but I still go to the schools and I know the kids will be proud of what I've done."

And on the prospect of fighting five division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr?

"I hope so. I'm world champ now. And he has been out of action and coming back to have a fight with [UFC champion] Conor McGregor. It will be a good test for him to cement his record in history to fight another boxer for his title," Horn said.

"I would prefer to come back here to fight in Queensland or Australia, but, look, there is always a chance that the fight could possibly be made in America."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AD29 on 07-03-2017

still cant believe this ****. he gets a gift decision against a declining pacuqiao and immediately calls out mayweather. sry horn but no shortcuts for you, fight the guys your age at 147 then u can call out floyd who…

Comment by the secret on 07-03-2017

This bum headlocks and headbutts Manny to a crooked decision and now he wants a shot at Mayweather. You can't make this stuff up! LOL

Comment by jwalkr on 07-03-2017

Be careful what you wish for.

Comment by T.M.T on 07-03-2017

when he loses to mayweather it won't be sanctioned. mayweather and the WBO don't do business with each other

Comment by alexguiness on 07-03-2017

Pac suffered in the same way Kovalev did in the first Ward fight. He didn't jump on Horn when he had the chance and left it with the judges. When you consider that Arum has a big deal with ESPN…

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