Manny Pacquiao got robbed, but Jeff Horn beat expectations

Tuesday, 04 Jul, 2017

Jeff Horn has defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

This was the statement made by Pacquiao's friend and colleague Sen.

Everything hinges on whether the Filipino great wants to continue boxing after his contentious points defeat to Horn in Sunday's "Battle of Brisbane".

Highly-respected ESPN boxing expert Dan Rafael said he was surprised to learn Roldan was given the job of judging this fight after she'd controversially scored a previous bout he'd attended.

After the controversial match over all the three judges awarding Horn the score, the trainer said that his advice to the 38-year-old Pacquiao would be to retire. He was going in there carelessly and Pacquiao was catching him every time. "Unfortunately, Pacquiao was at the wrong end of it", Mr. Cinco said.

Horn started strongly and won at least three of the first five rounds on all three of the judge's cards. Even though the network retired its Friday Night Fights series a couple years ago, Bristol is on the verge of getting back into the boxing game on a more significant basis. Had Pacquiao been seen by the judges as victorious, then instead of criticism Horn would be applauded for producing arguably the gutsiest performance in Australian boxing history.

When he returned, it was clear that was Pacquiao's final flurry.

"It went the other way and we have to live with that", the trainer said in a report.

For ESPN, because major fights have been on PPV for so long there hasn't really been a rights fee or bidding process for big fights.

"In that ninth round, I was like "I don't know if I can handle any more of these rounds" but then he came back and he was just like a different person, it was just wonderful", she said.

Roach even told reporters that they might "call it a day" even if Pacquiao beats Horn but struggles in doing so.

"But if a rematch happens, there needs to be an experienced referee like Kenny Bayless, Tony Weeks, Jack Reiss, Vic Drakulich - there's plenty of referees that have the experience and good enough to handle a fight like that".

Horn landed far fewer punches than his favoured opponent, 93 to Pacquiao's 183, but the judges seemed to reward him for the aggressiveness he showed from the outset of round one.