Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn
via Top Rank Boxing

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.

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.”