Manny Pacquiao has lost his WBO welterweight title after a surprising loss to Jeff Horn in Australia on Sunday.
Horn won via a unanimous decision at the end of 12 rounds, a decision which has been largely criticized.
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Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs), a massive underdog, captured the WBO welterweight title by judges scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.
38-year old Pacquiao, who is a senator in his hometown Philippines, admitted that he also didn’t expect the result.
“I didn’t expect that … that’s part of the game,” Pacquiao said. “That’s the decision of the judges. I respect that.”
This didn’t stop him from wanting a rematch though, as their agreement had a rematch clause.
“Absolutely, yes. We have a rematch [clause] so no problem,” Pacquiao said. “Yeah, yeah. He beat me.”
“[Horn] was a tough opponent. I didn’t expect his toughness in the ring,” Pacquiao said. “[The head butts] affected me a lot because a lot of blood came out of my head.”
“I tried to knock him out in the 9th round but he survived,” Pacquiao said.
“I felt off balance and overmatched in [Round 9] but I recovered quickly,” Horn said. “I thought it would be a little harder to get the decision. I thought I managed to get the decision but it was close. I thought it would be more of a knockout if I was going to win this fight.”
Fresh off his first signature victory, Horn took the opportunity to throw shade at Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his upcoming fight with Conor McGregor.
Horn held up a cane and a pair of boxing gloves and said, “This is no joke, which one does [Mayweather] want? The walking stick or the gloves. Come have a real fight.”