Pacquiao disagrees with re-score
BRISBANE, Australia (AP):
Manny Pacquiao still disagrees with the unanimous decision that resulted in him losing the WBO world welterweight title to Jeff Horn, despite an independent re-scoring of the July 2 fight, and says he has no plans to retire.
On Monday, the WBO said in a statement that three of the five independent judges who scrutinised the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored it a draw.
A Philippines government department asked the WBO to review the refereeing and the judging of the so-called 'Battle of Brisbane' in Australia after Horn, fighting for his first world title, won a contentious unanimous points decision against Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion.
The review concluded that Horn won seven rounds to Pacquiao's five.
Pacquiao was subsequently quoted in Philippines' media as saying "Let the people judge for themselves ... people saw what happened. We have seen worse judgments in the past where judges manipulated results. Nothing surprises me now."
The 38-year-old Pacquiao yesterday indicated in a Twitter post that he won't be hanging up his gloves, suggesting a rematch against the 29-year-old Horn, a former schoolteacher, could happen.
"I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country," Pacquiao said.
Horn said he welcomed the outcome of the WBO review.
"It gives me evidence behind me that I can just use now. Instead of saying I think I won the fight, now a heap of other people professionally think I won the fight," Horn said.