Pacquiao Disappointed With Refereeing During Fight With Horn

Janie Parker
July 4, 2017

The Australian responded by paying tribute to his rival, describing him as "an absolute warrior, a legend of the sport".

Pacquiao had won the WBO title on points against Jessie Vargas in November.

Brisbane is firming as the likely destination for Jeff Horn's first WBO welterweight title defence, but when it will happen or who he will fight remains entirely up in the air.

Pacquiao has now lost four of his nine fights and this latest setback could signal the end of his career, with trainer Freddie Roach saying in the build-up he would encourage his charge to retire if he was beaten by Horn.

And by then the world of boxing will know Jeff Horn.

However, others believed that Pacquiao lost the fight simply because he's no longer as great, as fast and as strong as he used to be.

Those screaming on ESPN and in social media afterward should have been as calm. "I was feinting a lot, trying to upset his rhythm and I think that was working throughout the majority of that fight", said Horn, who stands three-and-a-half inches taller than Pacquiao. With Horn charging forward all day, he ducked down and it was nearly inevitable one of them would be opened. He had been written off before even stepping into the ring and very few, if any, expected such a competitive performance. But boxing experts were almost unanimous in their opinion that Horn received a gift, and Pacquiao was the bout's true victor.

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Pacquiao's conditioning trainer, the Los Angeles-based former Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, was critical of the referee and the judging.

The people at ESPN who signed a deal with promoter Bob Arum for a series of Saturday night fights weren't crying foul afterward.

"I thought Pacquiao won the fight if you go by the real rules, the Marcus of Queensbury rules!"

Pacquiao had been hoping to set up a second big-money showdown with Floyd Mayweather, but it was Horn who called for a fight with the unbeaten American immediately after his win. That's a little disrespectful. In fact, he said that he had thrived on the extra pressure of fighting in front of the 50,000+ crowd.

"I felt buzzed for sure, but I'm the Hornet - I've got to come back", Horn said of that round.

"The face is actually feeling pretty good if I don't touch it, " he said. Those punches are counted by humans and with the awkward style of both fighters, it was hard without the benefit of slow-motion replays to see just who landed what as the two flurried furiously at times in the ring. We should be celebrating his determination and grit - and his stunning achievement.

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