Pac­quiao ‘not sur­prised’ by fight re­view re­sult

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Manny Pac­quiao is “not sur­prised” the World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion af­firmed the loss of his wel­ter­weight ti­tle to Aus­tralian Jeff Horn, but the Philip­pine ring leg­end railed at large at judges who “ma­nip­u­lated re­sults”. The WBO or­dered a re­view of the scor­ing of the July 2 Bris­bane bout at the re­quest of the Philip­pines’ Games and Amuse­ments Board, which crit­i­cised the judges and the ref­eree.

The WBO set up a panel of in­de­pen­dent and anony­mous judges to watch and score a record­ing of the bout with­out sound. On Tues­day it said the judges found Horn won seven rounds to Pac­quiao’s five. “We have seen worse Judg­ments in the past where judges ma­nip­u­lated re­sults.

Noth­ing sur­prises me now,” Pac­quiao said in a state­ment late Tues­day. He did not name the judges nor men­tion the spe­cific fights in his al­le­ga­tions. “Let the peo­ple judge for them­selves. Peo­ple saw what hap­pened,” said the 38-year-old, who had won world ti­tles in an un­prece­dented eight weight di­vi­sions.

The un­de­feated but un­her­alded Horn, 29, had stunned the Filipino leg­end with his ul­tra-ag­gres­sive­ness to earn a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion. But the Filipino’s camp al­leged the ref­eree let the Aus­tralian get away with il­le­gal tac­tics.

The WBO or­dered the re­view while stress­ing it did not have the power to reverse a de­ci­sion un­less fraud or le­gal vi­o­la­tions were proven. Pac­quiao had en­dorsed the call for a re­view is­sued by the Filipino sports reg­u­la­tor, which lashed out at the “un­fair de­ci­sion and of­fi­ci­at­ing” of the fight. In a state­ment sent to AFP yes­ter­day, the Filipino reg­u­la­tor thanked the WBO for look­ing into the fight but blamed Amer­i­can ref­eree Mark Nel­son for the re­sults. “No mat­ter what re­view they do, it will be hard to change the re­sult as the ref­eree didn’t call it close,” said board chair­man Abra­ham Kahlil Mi­tra. “The judges’ scores would have greatly changed if the ref­eree did his job prop­erly,” Mi­tra al­leged.

“He (ref­eree) didn’t give Se­na­tor Manny Pac­quiao the re­spect and fair pro­tec­tion that is due to a peo­ple’s champ,” Mi­tra said, re­fer­ring to Pac­quiao’s elected post as a Philip­pine se­na­tor.

Horn, a for­mer school­teacher writ­ten off be­fore the bout by most ob­servers, wel­comed on Tues­day the rul­ing as “ev­i­dence” of his vic­tory. “It’s def­i­nitely nice to have it fi­nally put on pa­per,” said Horn, who had been keen for a re­match.

In the twi­light of a 22-year pro ca­reer, Pac­quiao had ini­tially called for a Horn re­match, but later said he would also “think hard” about re­tir­ing. Pac­quiao briefly quit box­ing last year to pur­sue his long-held po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions and was elected se­na­tor. But he quickly made a suc­cess­ful come­back against Jessie Var­gas in Novem­ber, say­ing he still felt like a young­ster. Pac­quiao’s loss to Horn had prompted calls urg­ing him to re­tire for good. Pac­quiao also is­sued a sep­a­rate state­ment yes­ter­day deny­ing news re­ports that he had failed to pay his US trainer Fred­die Roach. “I have no prob­lem with coach Fred­die Roach. I’m not the one pay­ing him, it’s Bob Arum,” Pac­quiao said, adding that he was also wait­ing to be paid by the owner of US fight pro­mo­tions firm Top Rank. “The trainer’s fee is au­to­mat­i­cally de­ducted by the Top Rank from my purse. So if coach Fred­die has not yet re­ceived his pay­ment, we are on the same boat,” Pac­quiao said.

Press re­ports on Tues­day quoted Roach as say­ing that he had not spo­ken to his boxer since the Horn de­feat, and that he had not been paid for the fight. “Not true,” a mem­ber of Pac­quiao’s team told AFP yes­ter­day when asked if the boxer was avoid­ing Roach, adding Pac­quiao was “sur­prised why such kind of news came out”. —AFP

BRIS­BANE: This file photo taken on July 2, 2017 shows Manny Pac­quiao of the Philip­pines (R) fight­ing Jeff Horn of Aus­tralia dur­ing their World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion box­ing bout at Sun­corp Sta­dium in Bris­bane. Manny Pac­quiao is “not sur­prised” the World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion af­firmed the loss of his wel­ter­weight ti­tle to Aus­tralian Jeff Horn, but the Philip­pine ring leg­end railed at large at judges who “ma­nip­u­lated re­sults”. — AFP

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