Jeff Horn Upsets Manny Pacquiao WBO Welterweight Championship

Jeff Horn Upsets Manny Pacquiao WBO Welterweight Championship

More than 55,000 attended were in Brisbane Australia to witness Manny Pacquiao, and hometown hero Jeff Horn battle it out in what would become a controversial upset!

The winner relied on relentless pressure and big heart to score a disputed unanimous decision over Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium.

Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs), a massive underdog, captured the WBO welterweight title by judges scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113. CBS Sports scored the fight even (114-114) while most had it in favor of Pacquiao.

At 38, Pacquiao looked a step slower throughout and, at times, a shadow of his once great self despite entering the fight firmly entrenched on most pound-for-pound lists. But the Filipino senator, no stranger to wildly disputed defeats following his 2012 loss to Timothy Bradley Jr., was incredibly gracious in defeat.

“I didn’t expect that … that’s part of the game,” Pacquiao said. “That’s the decision of the judges. I respect that.”

Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), who had a rematch clause in his contract, showed no hesitation in wanting a second chance.

“Absolutely, yes. We have a rematch [clause] so no problem,” Pacquiao said. “Yeah, yeah. He beat me.”

Horn, a former school teacher, entered the bout without a signature victory and was almost universally regarded as a significant step down in class for Pacquiao, who was fighting off of PPV for the first time since 2005 in hopes of refurbishing his brand in a showcase bout.

More about Jeff Horn:

Jeff Horn is an Australian professional boxer who has held the WBO welterweight title since July 2017, winning the title by defeating Manny Pacquiao in an upset decision win. As an amateur he represented Australia at the 2012 Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals as a light-welterweight.

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