The decision by the WBO to re-score the controversial Manny Pacquiao versus Jeff Horn fight has not been welcomed in Horn’s homeland of Australia. Ex-boxing greats and even the State Premier have publicly slammed the move.
Pacquiao and Horn faced-off at the SunCorp Stadium in Brisbane last weekend. Horn was unanimously awarded the victory by the judges, despite stats showing that Pacquiao had landed almost twice as many punches as his opponent. The majority of the watching media also scored the fight in Pacquiao’s favour.
Even though the WBO do not have the power to change the actual result of the bout, the decision to re-score has been widely derided in Horn’s native Australia. Three-time world champion Jeff Fenech felt the judges on the night got the decision right:
“There shouldn’t have been any controversy at all about this fight. Jeff Horn won — end of story. He dominated the first six rounds and Manny is just trying to save face now. The American commentary was ridiculous — they said Pacquiao got ripped off. What fight were they watching? All they are trying to do is rob Jeff Horn of the glory he deserves. This was one of the greatest wins ever by an Australian boxer.” Quotes via Courier Mail.
Even Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has leapt to the defense of Horn. Ms Palaszczuk, who backed the fight using Government funds, has told the media:
“As a teacher, Jeff Horn knows how to deliver lessons. Manny Pacquiao learnt his lesson last weekend — don’t underestimate a Queenslander.”
She has also suggested that a rematch would be the best way to resolve the controversy.
Regardless of the outcome of the re-scoring, the suggestion of a rematch between is sure to welcomed by boxing fans across the globe.