Fair and square: WBO review rules Jeff Horn beat Manny Pacquiao in disputed fight
Australian wins seven rounds after a panel of independent judges watches bout in Brisbane following complaint from the Philippines government
Australian Jeff Horn’s shock welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao was confirmed after a scoring review by the World Boxing Organisation declared him the clear winner.
The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) took a close look at the fight after Pacquiao, backed by the Philippines government’s sports regulatory body, criticised the referee and the judges and demanded a review after losing in Brisbane earlier this month.
Horn stunned the Filipino legend, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision.
The WBO, which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven, set up a panel of independent judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.
The results were tabulated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement.
A similar method has been used to review WBO title fights before.
“Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the third, the eighth and ninth by 100 per cent; the fifth round was won by 80 per cent; and the 11th round by 60 per cent,” the WBO said.
“Horn won the first, sixth and 12th rounds by 100 per cent; rounds two, four, and seven by 80 per cent; and then, the 10th round by 60 per cent.
“From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”
Horn welcomed the review when it was announced, and said he was ready for a rematch, an option specified in the Brisbane fight contract.
“Let them review it,” the 29-year-old told Queensland’s Courier Mail newspaper.
“They will see it on a TV screen and probably see the same thing everyone else saw – me winning the fight.”
Both the Philippine board and Pacquiao had criticised American referee Mark Nelson for supposedly allowing the underdog Australian to get away with illegal tactics without giving him warnings or point deductions.
The loss sparked calls in the Philippines for the 38-year-old Pacquiao, a national icon after rising from poverty, to retire and concentrate on politics.
Pacquiao briefly retired from boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator, but he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.