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The Stunned & Disgusted Twitter Reaction As Manny Pacquiao Loses Extremely Controversial Decision In Brisbane

Manny Pacquiao was on the wrong end of an extremely controversial decision in front of over 50,000 people at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane last night, as judges Chris Flores, Ramon Cerdan and Waleska Roldan gave Aussie fighter Jeff Horn by far the biggest win of his professional career to date and the WBO welterweight title by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111 respectively.

Pacquiao, who was famously robbed of a victory over Timothy Bradley by one of the worst and most bizarre decisions in boxing history back in June of 2012, certainly didn’t have it easy against the gritty, tough Horn. The unheralded 29-year-old was busier than Pacquiao and made it very rough on the inside, subjecting the Filipino icon to frequent headbutts.

However, ‘Pacman’ simply did far more clean work, as the CompuBox stats attest. While Horn landed just 92 punches in the entire fight, a meagre average of less than eight punches a round, Pacquiao landed at almost double that rate.

CompuBox stats don’t always tell the whole story, but Pacquiao also did far more damage, bloodying Horn and almost stopping the game hometown fighter in the brutal ninth.Β The judges, however, were not convinced by the southpaw great’s performance and favoured the more grinding physical approach of Horn, who progressed to 17-0-1 with the win.

When Michael Buffer read the scores aloud, Twitter went into a full blown meltdown, with many predictably lamenting the state of modern boxing.

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There were a few dissenting tweeters, however. The great boxing writer Nigel Collins, a former editor of The Ring magazine and a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, said that he felt Flores and Cerdan had handed in perfectly reasonable scores. John Rawling, who commentated on the fight for U.K. subscription channel BoxNation, agreed.

Former fighter and current analyst Paulie Malignaggi also felt that the reaction to the decision was over the top and, like Rawling, suggested that the commentary team of Joe Tessitore, Teddy Atlas and the aforementioned Timothy Bradley, who had provided play-by-play for the U.S broadcast onΒ ESPN, had stoked the outrage.

Below is a shot of the scorecards handed in by Flores, Cerdan and Roldan, tweeted out by Yahoo Sports scribe Kevin Iole. Interestingly, none of the three awarded Pacquiao a 10-8 round in the one-sided ninth.

The loss was Pacquiao’s first since he dropped a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May of 2015. In recent months, Manny’s lengthy campaign for a rematch with Floyd had intensified once again, but this loss, regardless of it’s controversial nature, has seriously dented his chances of landing that fight. However, if a Pacquiao vs Horn sequel can be pieced together quite quickly and the 38-year-old legend can gain his revenge, a May 2018 showdown with Mayweather, who is expected to slaughter UFC star Conor McGregor in August, wouldn’t be out of the question.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.