Manny Pacquiao loses to Jeff Horn after WBO review

Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao suffered his second defeat in two months against Jeff Horn after an independent review of WBO judges put the Australian as the winner.

After the Games and Amusements Board requested to look for the fight once again, doubting the three judges’ decision that handed Horn as the victor, five independent WBO judges reviewed the fight yesterday and their scorecards showed that Horn won the fight to capture the World Boxing Organisation welterweight title.

WBO issued and statement pertaining to the independent review saying,

“The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial causing disputes among fans. For this reason, transparency is so important. The WBO does not have power to reverse the Judges’ decision based on discretion as it can only be revoked when fraud or a violation of Law has occurred, which is not relevant in this case.

“Based on this, five (5) anonymous, competent Judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound. Then, the independent results were tabulated to ascertain clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent.

“To determine the winner of each round, 3 out of the 5 officials have to be in agreement.

“Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100%; the 5th round was won by 80%; and the 11th round by 60%. Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100%; rounds 2nd, 4th, and 7th by 80%; and then, the 10th round by 60%. From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won 5 rounds while Horn won 7 rounds.

“The next step of the analysis was to combine the independent Judges with the Bout Judges to find the percentage agreement by round. Upon doing this analysis, the findings of the Judges stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd and 9th by 100%; the 8th round was won by 87.5%; no rounds were won by 75%; the 5th round by 62.5%; and the 10th and 11th were even rounds.

“On the other hand, the Judges findings stated that Horn won the 1st, 6th, and 12th rounds by 100%; by 87.5%, he won the 4th and the 7th; the 2nd was won by 75%; none were won by 62.5%; and the even rounds were the 10th and the 11th.

“The analytical method used was also used in the decision of Algieri- Provodnikov and Paquiao-Bradley. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”

The independent review should be enough for Team Pacquiao and all the fans around the world to move on. One of the best things probably for Team Pacquiao to do is to seek a rematch this year.

With his 10 years stay in the United States, Garry became passionate in sports. With his knowledge DWRI heads in the right direction in advising the team. He also writes in this website.

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