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02 July 2017

Boxing world left stunned as Manny Pacquiao suffers crushing defeat to ex-schoolteacher Jeff Horn but not everyone agrees with the decision

 

JEFF HORN stunned the boxing world when he defeated Manny Pacquiao to claim the WBO welterweight title on Sunday night.

The Australian ex-schoolteacher survived a relentless slugfest from Pac Man to win by unanimous decision.

Former school teacher Jeff Horn now holds the WBO welterweight title
Former school teacher Jeff Horn holds the WBO welterweight title after beating Manny Pacquiao
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Manny Pacquiao’s fourth loss in nine fights stunned the boxing world
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It has been dubbed as one of the greatest shocks in boxing history as judges scored the fight unanimously to Horn 117-111, 115-113, 115-113.

And it has left serious question marks over Pacquiao’s future with the 38-year-old losing four of his last nine fights.

Horn’s stock continues to rise having won 17 out of his last 18 bouts and including the win over the eight-time world champion.

But it appears not everyone agreed with the decision to hand Horn the win.

Boxing legend Lennox Lewis wrote on Twitter: “Wow! PAC loses by UD? One judge had it 117-111? Wasn’t the fight that I saw!”

And Britain’s three-time world heavyweight champion later said: “This is what’s wrong with boxing.

Manny Paquiao’s future has been left in the dark over his recent defeat
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“Horn was very game but I’m hard pressed to see how he could have won that fight by any stretch!”

Former LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant made his feeling of the decision well aware to his 12 million Twitter followers with a reaction gif of a stunned face.

American footballer Reggie Bush said “Yoooo I’m done with boxing” whilst Errol Spence Jr is eyeing up Horn’s belt with a cryptic tweet of emojis.

But despite his loss the Philippines released their own statement saying how Pacquiao remains the people’s champion.

It read: “Pacquiao’s loss in Brisbane would not diminish the honours he bestowed to the people and to the flag.”

A number of Pac Man fans have also pointed out that the Filipino landed 32 per cent of his punches compared to Horn’s 15 and successfully landed 31 per cent of his jabs with his opponent connecting with just 10 per cent.

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