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Roach: Fight Was Pretty Close, Pacquiao Should've Stopped Him

Filipino soldiers and refugees caught up in weeks of fighting with Islamist militants were given some rare respite on Sunday when they were treated to a live screening of Manny Pacquiao's World Boxing Organisation welterweight world title defence.

However, the excitement and noisy fanfare at a government centre soon turned into shock and disappointment when the local boxing hero suffered a stunning points loss to unheralded Australian challenger Jeff Horn in Brisbane.

The 29-year-old former school teacher extended his unbeaten record to 17-0-1 in front of a 50,000-strong hometown crowd, but some Filipinos found it difficult to accept the unanimous decision after they felt Pacquiao had dominated the fight.

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Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach predicted the fight would be short and sweet but Horn — unbeaten in his 17 previous professional fights — applied pressure by winning some of the early rounds and Pacquiao needed treatment during the 6th and 7th rounds for a cut on the top of his head that resulted from a clash of heads.

The judges scored the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.

Roach said the quietly spoken Horn was "a little bit rougher than I thought he was. Maybe a little bit more physical."

"Like every time you come you come out of a clinch in a headlock, something is wrong there," he said. "I don't know if the referee couldn't control that or what it was.

"But, I thought it was a pretty close fight. I thought Manny had a real good round in the 9th - I thought it was maybe a two-point round - and I just told Manny, 'give me one more of those and the fight's over,' but he just couldn't do it. We lost the decision."

Roach said he couldn't judge the fight, given how close he was.

"I hear there's a lot of people think it's controversial, think Manny won, but it went the other way and we have to live with that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by robbyheartbaby on 07-02-2017

No surprise here, I told everyone on the forum Horn was the goods. Think the judges got it wrong badly though. Me and my mates were all laughing and throwing high fives because we all knew Horn got schooled.

Comment by sicko on 07-02-2017

Roach Is Right! Shouldn't have gotten to the score Cards! Yes Pacquiao should've won but that still doesn't change the fact that Pacquiao really did not look good and looked every bit of 38 years old!

Comment by Manic Shot on 07-02-2017

Good Fight! Everybody wins on this fight. Fans love it, and the rating is amazing on ESPN. New Champion in Australia. Manny paid well on non PPV fight (not the first time he got rob) and the rematch will be…

Comment by rrayvez on 07-02-2017

Jeff hornacek is about to take over the welter weight division!!! ........ As long as he fights every fight in Australia that is.

Comment by bronx7 on 07-02-2017

I know manny spends too much time in Church politics not training no killer instinct I also know he won 8-4 landed double punches busted him up

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