Pacquiao Loses Battle of Brisbane

By Robert Ecksel on July 1, 2017
Pacquiao Loses Battle of Brisbane
With Sunday’s loss, Pacquiao is in the twilight of his career. (Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty)

Sunday afternoon in Brisbane, Australia, Jeff Horn upset Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO World welterweight title…

Sunday afternoon at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs), the undefeated Kid from Down Under, upset Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), the Old Master from General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines, to win the WBO World welterweight title.

The controversial final scores after 12 rounds were 117-111 and 115-113 twice, all for the Aussie underdog.

In front of 55,000 rabid fans, Horn, fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks with orange trim, was the busier fighter. At the age of 29, nine years younger than the champion, Horn had advantages coming in that proved difficult to overcome.

But Pacquiao, fighting out of the red corner in red and blue trunks, has forgotten more about boxing than Horn will ever know. He has been fighting for 22 years to Horn’s four and the seasoning was obvious. What was also obvious is that Pacquiao has slid.

Both fighters drew blood from accidental headbutts. Horn was bleeding from above the right eye. Manny was bleeding from a scalp wound and a cut above his left eye.

Pacquiao had Horn out on his feet in round nine, which was a 10-8 round for Manny. At the end of the round the referee, Mark Nelson, told Horn, “I’m here to protect you. You’ve got to show me something.”

Horn showed that he wasn’t going down without a fight. He might not have won the last three rounds, or the fight for that matter, but he was the aggressor and apparently did enough, according to the judges, to win the fight by an easy margin.

But there is effective aggression and ineffective aggression and Horn for the most part displayed the latter.

Manny showed lots of class in accepting the decision. “I am professional,” he said. “I respect the judges. He survived that round.”

Pacquiao wants a rematch, a clause stipulated in the original contract, and it’s a fight he deserves if he wants it.

But with Sunday’s loss to Jeff Horn, Pacquiao is in the twilight of his career and the big money rematch with Floyd Mayweather looks less desirable than ever.

If a fight with Floyd is a fight Manny will lose, which is a real possibility, it’s a fight his fans need not endure.

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  1. Joe Masterlo 03:24am, 07/04/2017

    There are many instructional scenarios in life as how not to be or do something. Ditto in boxing, particularly when it comes judges and judging, where examples of subjectivity, home cooking and observer bias abound. The Pacquaio-Horn fiasco should be a mandatory jurisprudence classic re: judges-in-training for court systems worldwide. That this event was held in Australia makes it an fitting “Kangaroo Court” illustration on how the relationship between justice and judging can be purely coincidental and “boomerang” upon the just. This sham decision was “down under” all right, a bunch of croc from some outback croc hunters whose heads were planted squarely up their didgeridoos. Should the rematch be held in Aussie-land, with this quality of judging likely to repeat itself, I suggest the event be held in a more aptly named jerkwater locale more befitting the quality of its judges and judging—say, like Cockburn or Foul Bay, or maybe Piss Pot Bay, Big Stinky Lagoon or Dirty Wash Creek. And you can look them up.

  2. nonprophet 05:50am, 07/03/2017

    Certainly Pac showed his age, but the old man still kicked the crap out of the young-blood. 

    That decision was so mind-blowing that one could perhaps avoid the usual explanation—that the judges were on the take—and entertain the idea that they were in fear of their lives over the thought of 50,000 Aussies hopping mad at the idea that since Horn was still standing after 12, that he HAD to have won the fight. 

    But I guess it’s up to Manny to make it completely decisive in the rematch.

    If Horn won that fight then it has to mean that Tim Bradley beat the snot out of Pac in their first fight.  Which he certainly did not.

  3. Pete The Sneak 04:10am, 07/03/2017

    Zahoe1, Manny did indeed show his age in this fight. If you’ve been following Pac, then this should be crystal clear. Don’t get me wrong, I think Manny won this fight, but the Manny of a few years ago would have decimated Horn given the many opportunities he had in this fight. That my friend, is age. No if and or butts (no pun intended)...And if you think ESPN is going to go to bat for Manny and have this decision overturned, then my friend I have the proverbial Bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. At the end of the day, if Horn ended the fight standing up, more than likely he was going to get the decision. Judges are human, they hear the crowd and don’t let them fool you, they are very much so influenced by them. 55,000 screaming Aussies (which I think is awesome, by the way), a competitive Aussie challenger who ended the fight on his feet equals a decision for Horn, and a failed opportunity for Manny to close the show. when he had the chance. No gripes here. Decision stands. Peace.

  4. raxman 11:24pm, 07/02/2017

    Zahoe -  if you don’t see that age has caught up to Pac you’re the only one. Even Freddy Roach is saying Manny should hang them up. Five years ago he would have decimated Horn and not let there be any doubt.
    Everyone knows that judges get swayed by crowds and when you’re sitting ringside as a judge you don’t get to watch the replay, you don’t get to see that the punch the crowd cheered for didn’t land flush. It was up to Pacman to shut the crowd up, and he didn’t, or more likely couldn’t, as round 10 indicated

  5. Zahoe1 07:17am, 07/02/2017

    I don’t know what you was looking at   Manny being old showing his age. BS. he beat that head bunting kid ass last night. He went down under to go under from those blind judges. It’s wasn’t even a close fight. Have a Foster and smile and kiss my ass. ESPN SHOULD NOT GET INTO THE BOXING GAME IF THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE HONEST ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF FIGHTS. ESPN should fight for manny and have this fight overturned. Theory 89

  6. raxman 12:09am, 07/02/2017

    Lets not lose sight of the fact that Manny looked old in this fight. And once again Manny left far too many rounds to chance by not working hard enough. The rounds he won, he won big, but far too many rounds, particularly in the first half of the fight, he allowed Horn,  fighting in front of 55 thousand supporters, to control the pace. This meant 5 and maybe even 6 of the first 7 rounds could be scored to Horn - and then when Pac had Horn on toast in 9th, he let him come back and maybe even win the next round. At least 7 of the 12 rounds were close for that reason. if you score them all for Horn then he wins 115-113 - that’s not a robbery- that’s a close fight where you score the close rounds one way - the way 55thousands fans saw it - and an experienced fighter like Pac should have known that and shut the crowd up early.
    also it looked like Pac hadn’t even watched tape of Horns fight. He didn’t seem to have a strategy, any sort of fight plan, but i’ll need to watch the fight again - this time without the Teddy Atlas commentary

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