Pacquiao loses controversial fight to Horn

Boxing once again reminded the world how unpredictable it can be when judges handed battered underdog Jeff Horn the WBO welterweight championship belt.

Manny Pacquiao lost the controversial decision against Horn, a former teacher, after a brutal 12 rounds between the fighters.

The former Australian Olympian Horn set the tone and came out swinging, and head-butting, to start the fight. Horn won the early rounds, charging Pacquiao and throwing whatever combinations he had and trying to trap Manny in the corners.

But Pacquiao’s experience came into play after his corner cut man controlled the bleeding of two cuts, both from head butts. Manny came back storming in the middle and later rounds tallying what most thought were convincing rounds. Well, most meaning everyone but the judges.

At one point the referee warned the beaten down Horn between rounds that if he could not show some signs of being able to continue on an offensive nature that he would end the fight.

Then came the end of the fight, after the final bell when the fate of the fighters was placed on the judges. Although the stats weighed heavily in favor of Manny, heavily in favor, the judge’s cards showed the contrary, erupting social media.

Look at the image in this article then look at these judge’s scorecards and you be the “judge” if this fight was a “hometown decision” or not. Unanimous decision for Horn; with 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 results.

After the fight, the 38-year-old, 11-time champion Pacquiao handled the controversial decision with class, saying:

“That’s the decision of the judges. I respect that. We have a rematch clause, so no problem.”

Las Vegas had Horn (17-0-1 prior to this fight) listed as a heavy underdog at +450 or +500, meaning bettors who put $100 on Horn, won $450 or $500.

Pacquiao was such a heavy favorite he was talking about a rematch with Mayweather before the controversial loss.

This fight may be a warning to bettors that were considering loading up on Floyd Mayweather for his upcoming fight in August with Conor McGregor. Mayweather was listed as a -650 favorite and McGregor as the +475 underdog.

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