Despite being a heavy favorite, boxing star Manny Pacquiao suffered a controversial loss on Sunday night (July 2), when unknown fighter Jeff Horn was awarded a stunning unanimous decision.
In front of his hometown crowd of 51,052 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, 29-year-old Horn (17–0–1) took the win and remained undefeated.
However, most believed Pacquiao earned an easy victory… especially after rocking Horn and nearly ending the fight in the 9th round. But in the end, judges called the fight in favor of Horn.
Twitter lit up immediately after the scorecards were read, with most expressing their anger over what they felt was a clear victory for Pacquiao.
More ppl are upset about the Pacquiao decision then the Philando Castile verdict.
— Gary Owen (@garyowencomedy) July 2, 2017
Can anyone actually defend that #PacquiaoHorn decision? Not a huge boxing fan but I thought Pacquiao clearly won and it wasn’t close.
— QuickMafs™ (@Nima4Senate2026) July 2, 2017
So the ref almost stops fight in round 9. Pacquiao lands 32% of his punches to Horn's 15% but somehow Horn gets the unanimous decision? 😡🤔
— Mike Miller (@MikeMiller_13) July 2, 2017
Thought Manny Pacquiao won last night, but if he can't walk through Jeff Horn, he isn't beating any top contender. Time to call it quits.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) July 2, 2017
— Aeron Sumilong (@AeronYsrael) July 2, 2017
Pac-Man, however, was gracious in defeat. “That’s the decision of the judges. I respect that,” he said.
“I did think Manny won, but Jeff Horn showed a lot of heart. He is a big, strong fighter, and I congratulate him,” Pacquiao’s longtime trainer Freddie Roach said.
Pacquiao has the right to a rematch and says he plans to exercise it.
The fight aired live on ESPN and was Pacquiao’s first non-pay-per-view bout since 2005.
At 38 years old and a few bouts left before he says he will retire, some are calling for Pacquiao to retire now.
“Today should be the first day of Manny Pacquiao’s permanent retirement from boxing,” ESPN wrote in an article on Sunday (July 1). “He was pushed, hit, cut and made to look old, predictable and slow at times by an Australian called Jeff Horn.”