World Boxing Association Will Rescore Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn Fight But Won’t Change Result
In a What’s the Point move, the World Boxing Association will have an anonymous panel of five judges rescore the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title bout that ended in a controversial unanimous decision in favor of Horn. However, the WBO says it won’t change the outcome of the fight unless there is proof of fraud by the judges, which is difficult to prove and therefore highly unlikely.
Horn, a largely unknown (until now) Australian boxer fought Pacquiao in Brisbane on July 2nd, and to the surprise of apparently everyone, won by unanimous decision. Two judges scored it 115-113 and one was 117-111. Reaction on social media was swift, with many shocked boxing fans expressing disbelief and disapproval in no uncertain terms. The Philippines Games and Amusements Board, an official Philippines Government organization, requested the review, so the WBA decided to go along with the request. Pacquiao is one of the best known Philippine citizens in the world. If the five judge review panel rules in favor of Pacquiao, we’re sure the reaction will be even more vehement from Pacquiao fans than it has been.
Here’s a highlight reel of the match:
Meanwhile, Horn says he wants to take on Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather retired from boxing in 2015 undefeated with a record of 49-0, but is coming out of retirement to take on Conor McGregor, a UFC fighter, on August 26th. McGregor will be at a disadvantage in that the fight is a boxing match and not a MMA fight, but both fighters will get a huge payday so it’s all good.