No way I’ll re­tire now, Pac­quiao says

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

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.

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