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Horn brushes aside backlash over Pacquiao decision

Horn brushes aside backlash over Pacquiao decision”

Pacquiao's camp and observers including Lennox Lewis slammed the decision, as the eight-weight world champion said on Filipino TV: "We thought that we won this fight".

"Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like a pumpkin", added Fortune, referring to the badly swollen face of Horn, who needed stitches over his right eye.

Pacquiao, 38, has a rematch clause in his favour and said in the ring after suffering his seventh career loss he would be happy to activate it.

Pacquiao had said he didn't expect Horn to be as tough as he was, and Horn was somehow able to survive a brutal ninth round pummelling before fighting back in the final 3 rounds.

Manny Pacquiao had already left town without saying much, even as criticism of the referee in the WBO welterweight world title fight and the judges who awarded a unanimous points decision to a previously nearly anonymous Jeff Horn was still pouring in on social media.

The match statistics left no doubt about Pacquiao's superior performance, as he landed 183 of his 574 punches (32 percent) compared to just 93 of 627 by Horn.

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"I wouldn't envision myself running around to state governments of NSW and Victoria to do boxing events with Jeff Horn simply because our friends are up here in Queensland and it's a much better fit".

"I'm going to have to have a long talk with Manny and discuss this, see how he feels and I'm going to give him my feelings on it too because I'm a little bit in the middle right now".

"Rest assured, Jeff Horn can beat Mayweather".

However Horn refused to go down, especially in the ninth round when the referee was on the verge of stopping the fight due to the punishment he was receiving.

"He was dead in the water in round nine, he was gone", Jeff Snr said.

"I thought, "Hang on, hold your horses - I'm not that bad, I can keep going for sure". "I don't know, and he doesn't know now - it's unfair to ask him now". "There will always be the naysayers saying I didn't win the fight, but I felt like I won the fight", Horn, now unbeaten in his 18 fights since turning professional in 2013, said as he basked in the victory on Monday.



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