Criticism of Jeff Horn unfair after controversial verdict

Criticism of Jeff Horn unfair after controversial verdict

Criticism of Jeff Horn unfair after controversial verdict

Horn's promoter, Duco Events boss Dean Lonergan, says he won't engage in a bidding war with other state governments to host a mooted rematch with Manny Pacquiao, but a workable date will need to be found due to Queensland's unpredictable weather.

His opponent said of his victory: "I've just believed since I was very young that I could do this".

Horn's first defence of his title will likely be against Pacquiao later this year (a rematch was part of the original contract between the pair) but the Australian would dearly love to fight the 40-year-old Mayweather before too long. Horn gave a supreme effort and showed courage by absorbing a great deal of punishment from Pacquiao.

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.

Highly-respected ESPN boxing expert Dan Rafael said he was surprised to learn Roldan was given the job of judging this fight after she'd controversially scored a previous bout he'd attended.

"That's the decision of the judges".

"This is no joke, which one does he want?"

The loss stunned people in the Philippines, where Pacquiao, now a high-profile senator, has always been a national hero.

"Nothing will change: Senator Manny Pacquiao will remain our People's Champ", Abella said.

"Jeff fought the right fight and took Manny to places he'd not been before ... he made it a bit dirty".

"It was a bad referee and just crappy judges", said Fortune. But boxing experts were almost unanimous in their opinion that Horn received a gift, and Pacquiao was the bout's true victor. But when you come to someone's house, you're supposed to mess them up, make a statement.

While the verdict was questioned by many, who pointed to Pacquiao landing a much higher percentage of punches and nearly stopping his opponent in the ninth round, Roach said: "It went the other way and we have to live with that".

"He really came back and performed fantastically in rounds 10, 11 and 12 and that type of comeback you don't see".

Roach had said earlier in the week that he'd think about advising Pacquiao to retire if he lost the fight, but they're already considering a rematch.

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