Horn sets sights on Mayweather after stunning Pacquiao victory

Mandy Carr
July 4, 2017

It went all the way and ended in a contentiously bitter loss, the opposite of what Manny Pacquiao's handlers predicted for his WBO welterweight world title fight against Jeff Horn.

"Nothing will change: Senator Manny Pacquiao will remain our People's Champ", Abella said.

Wife Jo says she couldn't watch as the fight reached its conclusion. Horn was hungry, aggressive and busier for much of the fight, even if Pacquiao landed some of the cleaner shots.

Pacquiao had won the WBO title on points against Jessie Vargas in November.

Horn was quick to shrug off the critics after achieving what he described as "climbing the Pacquiao mountain" and he has quickly turned his attentions to scaling another, more formidable, summit.

But two judges scored the fight 115-113 and the third had it 117-111 in favour of Horn as 38-year-old Pacquiao succumbed to the seventh defeat of an illustrious 68-fight professional career. At 29, unheralded, unrated and flat-out laughed out by American pundits, Horn stunned the boxing world.

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"I think we have established some mental dominance there over Manny Pacquiao". But boxing experts were almost unanimous in their opinion that Horn received a gift, and Pacquiao was the bout's true victor. "I'm going to talk to Manny about maybe calling it a day, maybe this is it", Roach said. Horn roughed him up all afternoon, using his bigger size to throw the smaller fighter around the ring and bully him on the ropes.

Trainer Glenn Rushton says Pacquiao was tiring towards the end of the fight, and a rematch would produce the same victor. That's a little disrespectful.

"He did his best at the end but I could see he was struggling mentally to get through those later rounds and whether he could come back".

Horn, a former high school substitute teacher, was not overawed by the occasion at all. "No one can justify Jeff Horn winning that fight but what I think was more surprising is how the Australian performed", said fight sports analyst Carlos Cinco when asked by BusinessWorld for his thoughts shortly after the Brisbane fight came to a controversial conclusion. Those punches are counted by humans and with the awkward style of both fighters, it was hard without the benefit of slow-motion replays to see just who landed what as the two flurried furiously at times in the ring.

"The face is actually feeling pretty good if I don't touch it, " he said. We should be celebrating his determination and grit - and his stunning achievement.

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