Pacquiao Wants Fair Deal, Competent Officials For Horn Rematch

Manny Pacquiao had already left town without saying much, even as criticism of the referee in the WBO welterweight world title fight and the judges who awarded a unanimous points decision to a previously almost anonymous Jeff Horn was still pouring in on social media.

The 29-year-old Horn, a former schoolteacher who was given almost no hope of beating the 11-time world champion, was feted by fans and politicians in his hometown on Monday and didn’t care too much about criticism — which started in a TV interview as soon as he left the ring on Sunday after the Battle of Brisbane.

Pacquiao skipped the formal post-fight news conference, his camp saying he needed to get seven stitches in each of the cuts on the top of his head, and also declined other interviews in the dressing room.


Some critics described the result as a robbery and questioned the integrity of the sport.

Immediately after the fight, Pacquiao said he had to respect the decision and noted that he had a clause for a rematch, but he later told a Philippines news channel that he’d been confident he’d won the fight.

“I’d make sure that I get competent officials,” said Pacquiao. “What I want is a fair deal for both fighters. “If I lose, I lose. If I win, I win. That’s what I want.”

His trainers were critical of the referee for not doing more to stop or penalize head clashes and neck holds. And they highlighted statistics that showed Pacquiao threw twice as many punches.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, Pacquiao thanked some high-profile supporters for letting their feelings be known.

“Thank you for the support and for also believing that I won the fight,” he said in the TV interview. “I’m praying that it will not affect or ruin the boxing industry.”

Reports emerged that a government department in the Philippines wanted the WBO to launch an inquiry into the outcome. The WBO had released the judge’s scores on Sunday night.

All three judges awarded it to Horn, with American Waleska Roldan’s 117-111 score attracting most of the criticism. U.S. judge Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina each scored it much closer at 115-113.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Travycat on 07-04-2017

Yeah everyone keeps saying that Arum had a hand in this. Who knows[QUOTE=Tomjas;17827959]Australia/Horn had nothing to do with the selection of the officials That's all on the WBO and almost certainly Arum[/QUOTE]

Comment by JoeKidd on 07-03-2017

If Pacquiao has any brains, he'd throw a wrench in Arum's scheme and fight Khan or Garcia. Let's see Horn and Spence! Never will be made! Horn is now the chosen one!

Comment by aboutfkntime on 07-03-2017

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Comment by Tomjas on 07-03-2017

[QUOTE=Travycat;17827368]The really sad part is, no one will want to stage a big fight in Australia again. They've ruined that with this horrible decision. It's another Tim Bradley. The only reason I'm looking forward to a rematch is because Pacquiao,…

Comment by Boxfan83 on 07-03-2017

I'm becoming a bigger Jeff Horn fan by the second.

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