Pacquiao Wants Fair Deal, Competent officials For Horn Rematch

Herbert Rhodes
July 4, 2017

Australia's Jeff Horn stunned Filipino Manny Pacquiao in a bloody Brisbane battle to claim a unanimous 12-round decision and win the WBO world welterweight title in front of 50,000 fans at Lang Park Sunday.

Everything hinges on whether the Filipino great wants to continue boxing after his contentious points defeat to Horn in Sunday's "Battle of Brisbane".

"I'd make sure that I get competent officials", said Pacquiao.

"My manager deals with Horn's management, and there's a possibility I could fight him if Pacquiao doesn't do the rematch", Van Heerden told Sky Sports.

After the controversial match over all the three judges awarding Horn the score, the trainer said that his advice to the 38-year-old Pacquiao would be to retire.

Pacquiao's trainer Freddy Roach called for an investigation into the scoring of the fight.

"He nearly got stopped in round nine but then he won rounds 10 and 11, I thought".

"Manny Pacquiao is an absolute warrior, a legend of the sport". The bullying nearly drove Horn to suicide.

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Pacquiao's Australian coach, former heavyweight boxer Justin Fortune, had described the referee as "sketchy" and the judges as "crazy" following the bout. "I respect that", Pacquiao was quoted as saying on ESPN, which reported that the 11-time world champion said he would "absolutely" exercise his contractual right to a rematch.

"He didn't fight badly or anything like that, he did well in some of the rounds, but he just wasn't consistent enough for what I want", said Roach.

Horn's trainer, Glenn Rushton, said that numerous comments made in the lead up to the fight were utterly disrespectful and Horn had proved he was fully capable of fighting against the world's best. "He might have come underdone in this fight, I don't know".

Horn, a former high school substitute teacher, was not overawed by the occasion at all. "If nobody is there I tend to not try very hard".

Whether you agree with the decision or not, Horn fought far better than many had imagined he could and proved to the boxing world he was a capable fighter with a bright future.

The talk before the fight was that there weren't many opponents for Pacquiao after Horn, unless he was offered up as fodder for Terrence Crawford or Keith Thurman in one final effort to cash in on his name.

"The face is actually feeling pretty good if I don't touch it, " he said.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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