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WBO to review Pacquiao vs Horn bout for 'certainty' of result

WBO to review Pacquiao vs Horn bout for 'certainty' of result”

Opposite to the expectations, Horn gave a tough fight to Pacquiao throughout the 12 rounds at the Brisbane's Lang Park on Sunday and was eventually declared victor in unanimous points-decision despite the Filipino boxer landing much more punches during the bout.

"I love boxing and I don't want to see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating", he said. That means that 3 of the 5 officials have to agree to determine which fighter won the round.

For the review, the WBO will appoint “five (5) anonymous competent Judges from different countries to watch the bout without sound distraction.

Commentators from ESPN, which broadcast the fight live in the USA, were among the most vocal critics of the outcome.

The fight at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium was scored 117-111 by Waleksa Roldan and 115-113 each by Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan, with Roldan's score coming in for most criticism.

Top Rank promotor Bob Arum said it was a "close fight".

Despite question marks over his victory against Manny Pacquiao, a contracted possible rematch and Mayweather already being booked in to fight Conor McGregor, Horn has been vocal in targeting the best fight of this generation. Horn recovered and won the next round, setting up a battle of attrition in the two closing rounds.

WBO president Francisco Valcarcel made the order in reply to the letter sent by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) requesting for such move in the light of the controversy that hounded the outcome of the match won by the 29-year-old Horn via unanimous decision in Brisbane, Australia last week.

In a statement, Pacquiao, 38, endorsed the review.

Horn, meanwhile, has dared Pacquiao to do the rematch.

The Filipinos cheered for their boxing hero, but fell silent when the decision was announced.



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