Manny Pacquiao had a 182-92 edge in total punches landed, hitting on 32%. Pacquiao had a 123-73 edge in power landed, bolstered by a huge ninth round. Jeff Horn threw more punches in nine of the twelve rounds, but landed just 15%.
IT went all the way and ended in a contentiously bitter loss, the opposite of what Pacquiao’s handlers predicted for his WBO welterweight world title fight against Horn.
Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach tipped a “short and sweet” knockout win for the 11-time world champion in yesterday’s so-called ‘Battle of Brisbane,’ but Horn got a unanimous points decision in his first world title fight — delighting the 51,052-strong crowd.
The 38-year-old Philippines senator arrived in Brisbane a week ahead of the fight with a chartered plane carrying more than a hundred supporters and as the hot favorite to beat Horn. He leaves without the WBO belt.
All three judges awarded it to Horn, with Waleska Roldan scoring it 117-111 and both Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan scoring it 115-113.
Some critics slammed it as a hometown decision, saying the statistics had Pacquiao landing twice the number of power punches as Horn.
Horn started strongly and won at least three of the first five rounds on all three of the judge’s cards. But Pacquiao, after twice needing treatment for a cut on top of his head in the 6th and 7th rounds, appeared to dominate most of the rounds from the 8th.
He was close to finishing it in the 9th when he relentlessly pounded Horn and had him wobbling — to the point where referee Mark Nelson asked the former schoolteacher if he could continue — and could also have come out with the win.
Pacquiao didn’t attend the formal post-fight news conference, sending a spokesman to say he was getting treated for the cuts. He also declined to do any interviews in the dressing room.