Pac­quiao fans lash out at ‘ crazy’ scor­ing and tac­tics

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

MANNY Pac­quiao’s camp slammed the of­fi­cials af­ter the Filipino great’s loss to Jeff Horn.

“The ref­eree was sketchy, the judges were crazy,” fumed Pac­quiao’s strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Justin For­tune, who is a for­mer Aus­tralian heavy­weight cham­pion.

“Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like a pump­kin,” For­tune added, re­fer­ring to Horn who fin­ished with a badly swollen face and need­ing stitches over his right eye.

The three judges scored the fight 117- 111, 115- 113 and 115- 113 to Horn.

“Those scores, that card? It should be the other way around,” said For­tune.

The re­sult caused dis­may on so­cial me­dia among box­ing and sport­ing greats.

“This is what’s wrong with box­ing,” tweeted for­mer undis­puted world heavy­weight cham­pion Len­nox Lewis.

“Horn was very game but I’m hard pressed to see how he could have won that fight by any stretch!”

Amer­i­can foot­ball quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers, of the Green Bay Pack­ers, was vo­cal.

“Box­ing is a joke, and it proves it again tonight. Are you kid­ding me with those score­cards? # joke # rigged,” Rodgers said on Twit­ter.

The fight statis­tics seemed to back the be­lief that Pac­quiao had done more than enough to win. Broad­caster ESPN said Pac­quiao had landed 182 punches to 82 from the chal­lenger over the 12 rounds.

For­tune, who once fought against Lewis and has been with Pac­quiao since 2002, said Horn was al­lowed to get away with a host of il­le­gal tac­tics as he brawled his way to vic­tory.

“That’s what you get down here,” he said of the tac­tics. You’d never get away with that any­where else in the world. You’d be pe­nalised points.

Two of the judges, Waleska Roldan and Chris Flores, were from the US while the third, Ra­mon Cer­dan, was from Ar­gentina. The ref­eree, Mark Nel­son, was also from the US.

De­feated Manny Pac­quiao.

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