Jeff Horn VS Manny Pacquiao
Records: Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs); Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs)
Judges Scores: 117-111, 115-113, 115-113
Win goes to Jeff Horn
The “Battle of Brisbane” at the Suncorp Stadium last was supposed to be a tuneup match for a potential rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Things didn’t turn out like the were suppose to. Horn was a heavy underdog. His odds were +450 to win.
Jeff Horn came out swinging for the fences. And set the tone for the fight. The First few rounds saw Horn winning, but by the 8th round, Horn was beaten. By Round 9 Horn was battered, bruised and bloodied. Referee Mark Nelson would go as far as to reportedly tell Horn, “You’ve had enough. Show me something in this round, or I’m stopping the fight.”
The fight lasted all 12 rounds. The walkover didn’t happen. And by the end of it, Jeff Horn was crown the new WBO World Welterweight Champion in front 51,072 spectators and 4.4 Million viewers. Making it the most watch boxing telecast since 2006 and ESPN’s highest rated boxing telecast since 1995.
Immediately the internet exploded. Many calling it an unfair decision, some even calling it a sham. Pacquiao’s Australian strength and conditioning coach slammed the judges who awarded the title to Jeff Horn as “crazy”.
Saying “The referee was sketchy, the judges were crazy. Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like a pumpkin. Those scores, that card? It should be the other way around.”
Not to take anything away from Horn. He did put up an amazing fight. Many admittedly underestimating him. He had heart. He was fighting in his home country. He gave it his all. He tried. But you shouldn’t get a trophy for trying hard. The Champion was defeated. Manny Pacquiao accepted the judges call but didn’t attend the post-fight press conference. Even one of the boxing world’s top expert Teddy Atlas told Horn to his face that he didn’t win the fight.
Here’s how the stats stack up.