Pacquiao loses 'recount'


July 12, 2017
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines reacts after his loss to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP):

An independent review of the scoring in Manny Pacquiao's contentious WBO welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn has confirmed the outcome in favour of the Australian former schoolteacher.

A Philippines government department asked the WBO to review the refereeing and the judging of the so-called 'Battle of Brisbane' in Australia on July 2 after Horn, fighting for his first world title, won a unanimous points decision against Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion.

In a statement late Monday, the WBO said three of the five independent judges who reviewed the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored a draw.

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel asked the judges, who came from different countries and remained anonymous, to assign their own scores to rounds, saying the results would be tabulated to ascertain which rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 100, 80 and 60 per cent.

independent judge's scores

Based on the analysis, the WBO said Pacquiao won the third, eighth and ninth round by 100 per cent, the fifth round by 80 per cent and the 11th by 60 per cent. Horn was given the first, sixth and 12th rounds by 100 per cent, the second, fourth and seventh by 80 per cent and the 10th by 60 per cent.

"From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds," the WBO statement said.

A further step of combining the independent judge's scores for each round with the bout judge's scores for each round also confirmed a win for Horn, the WBO said.

The Philippines Games and Amusements Board (GAB) last week urged a review, saying it wanted to protect the integrity of the sport.

The fight, in front of more than 51,000 people at a rugby stadium in Brisbane, was scored 117-111 by Waleksa Roldan and 115-113 each by Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan Roldan's score coming in for most criticism.

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