Pacquiao loses belt to Horn in unanimous decision
BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a unanimous decision today (Saturday HST).
The judges scored the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.
Pacquiao dominated the later rounds and had Horn wobbling at the end of the ninth at Suncorp Stadium.
“I felt buzzed for sure, but I’m the Hornet — I’ve got to come back,” Horn (18-0) said of that round. “I’m not a quitter. Australians aren’t quitters to start with. We’ve showed we’re winners.”
Horn, a 29-year-old former schoolteacher, immediately called out Floyd Mayweather Jr., after the fight, declaring himself “no joke.”
Mayweather, who retired in 2015 after winning all 49 of his professional fights as a boxer, is back in training at age 40 to face mixed martial artist Conor McGregor in a boxing match.
The 38-year-old Pacquiao (59-7-2) needed treatment during the sixth and seventh rounds for a cut on the top of his head that resulted from a clash of heads.
Some observers — including ESPN — scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao.
“That’s the decision of the judges. 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.
Pacquiao had won the WBO title on points against Jessie Vargas in November.