WBO declares Horn winner over Pacquiao after review

WBO declares Horn winner over Pacquiao after review

Published: July 10, 2017


The World Boxing Organization has released the results of a re-score it conducted of the controversial Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn welterweight title fight which took place in Brisbane, Australia on July 2.

The WBO stated that Horn won seven rounds and Pacquiao five -- giving Horn the edge and victory. The fight was reviewed by five independent judges, all of whom watched the fight without sound.

“The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial causing disputes amongst fans. For this reason, transparency is so important,” the WBO statement read.

“The WBO does not have power to reverse the Judges decision based on discretion as it can only be revoked when fraud or a violation of Law has occurred, which is not relevant in this case.
Jeff Horn lands a stiff Jab to the chin of Manny Pacquiao during their fight in Australia. Photo Credit: AAP

Jeff Horn lands a stiff Jab to the chin of Manny Pacquiao during their fight in Australia. Photo Credit: AAP


Based on this, five (5) anonymous, competent Judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound.

Then, the independent results were tabulated to ascertain clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent. To determine the winner of each round, 3 out of the 5 officials have to be in agreement.

Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100%; the 5th round was won by 80%; and the 11th round by 60%. Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100%; rounds 2nd, 4th, and 7th by 80%; and then, the 10th round by 60%.

From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won 5 rounds while Horn won 7 rounds.

Official scorecards and re-score cards for the Manny Pacquaio vs. Jeff Horn welterweight title fight. 

Official scorecards and re-score cards for the Manny Pacquaio vs. Jeff Horn welterweight title fight. 

 

Per the original contract, a rematch is now in order and may take place as early as November in Brisbane once again.  

Horn has maintained that he won the fight and is confident he can win a rematch if the two meet again. Horn even went as far as to call out the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his post-fight interview.

“This is just having a bit of a dig overseas to Floyd Mayweather, but this is no joke,” said Horn

”Come have a real fight. It is definitely a dream to fight in Vegas, that’s for sure.”
Jeff Horn celebrates with his team after bveing awarded a victory over Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in Australia. Photo Credit: Reuters

Jeff Horn celebrates with his team after bveing awarded a victory over Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in Australia. Photo Credit: Reuters

 

Many boxing fans feel as though the wrong man got the nod and are not convinced that Horn is the real deal just yet. A convincing follow up win against the Filipino legend would go a long way to erase the doubts, and surely put the newly crowned world title holder in the conversation with the other top welterweights in the division. 

 

Feature Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

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