No way I’ll retire now, Pacquiao says
Manny Pacquiao still disagrees with the unanimous decision that resulted in him losing the WBO world welterweight title to Jeff Horn, despite an independent re-scoring of the July 2 fight, and says he has no plans to retire.
On Monday, the WBO said in a statement that three of the five independent judges who scrutinized the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored it a draw.
A Philippines government department asked the WBO to review the refereeing and the judging of the socalled “Battle of Brisbane” in Australia after Horn, fighting for his first world title, won a contentious unanimous points decision against Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion.
The review concluded that Horn won seven rounds to Pacquiao’s five.
Pacquiao was subsequently quoted in Philippines’ media as saying, “Let the people judge for themselves ... people saw what happened. We have seen worse judgments in the past where judges manipulated results. Nothing surprises me now.”
Pacquiao, 38, indicated in a Twitter post Wednesday that he won’t be hanging up his gloves, suggesting a rematch against Horn, 29, could happen.
“I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country,” Pacquiao said.