Jeff Horn gains surprising win over Manny Pacquiao, calls out Mayweather after
By Danny Z | Senior Writer
Published: July 2, 2017
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - In the biggest boxing event in the history of Australia, Manny Pacquiao found himself at the opposite end of a unanimous decision as Jeff Horn won the WBO welterweight world title in a heavily scrutinized victory at SunCorp Stadium.
Horn, 29, came out with his foot on the gas in the very first round, but found himself at the end of a shot that knocked his mouth piece out to the floor. The second round once again saw both fighters going head-to-head, however, it was Pacquiao that was connecting with straight counter lefts as Horn displayed signs of early fatigue.
Half way through the bout, the 38-year-old Pacquiao found himself landing more leaping right hands on the Australian native Horn, but the bout was paused in the sixth for an accidental clash of heads. Horn received a cut on his right eye and Pacquiao a cut on his hairline from the clash. Horn found some success by landing a right uppercut in the corner against the Filipino senator -- which saw the 50,000 in attendance rise to their feet in excitement.
A second clash of heads occurred in the seventh round that saw more blood come out of Pacquiao -- this time from the opposite side of the initial cut. The ninth had Pacquiao (57-7-2, 38 KOs) have the most success up until this point, as the referee, Mark Nelson, recognized this and subsequently told Horn's corner that he had to see something or else he would call for a stoppage to the bout.
Pacquiao out landed Horn 192 to 92 throughout the scheduled 12-round matchup, which only fueled the official decision. Horn, who made a minimum guarantee of $500,000, did find himself displaying signs of frustration in the penultimate round, as he had Pacquiao in a longer than usual headlock after an extended clinch. Pacquiao had received questions from reporters leading up to this bout about the notion of fighting in a different country and having to possibly worry about the judges. As the 12th round came to a close, veteran announcer Michael Buffer read the scores of 117-11 and 115-113 (twice), that heard Horn's (17-0-1, 11 KOs) name blare through the stadium's speakers as the victor. His team raised him on their shoulders in celebration as the WBO world welterweight title was transferred to Horn as the newly crowned title holder.
In the post fight interview, Horn called out Floyd Mayweather -- who is scheduled to face the UFC's Conor McGregor this upcoming August in what's going to be one of the most lucrative events in boxing history. Horn, whether people agree with his win or not, is now on the radar of the other welterweights because he now holds a major title in the division. Possible future bouts, assuming he holds onto the title, with Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr. and other 147 fighters could be on the horizon. Pacquiao mentioned that a rematch clause is included in the contract and he would like a second bout. If a rematch does happen, Pacquiao would need to achieve a knockout (or stoppage) in order to take the decision into his own hands.
(Feature photo: Top Rank/Duco Events)