London : Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao, who lost his welterweight world title to Jeff Horn, has urged the World Boxing Organisation to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his defeat, saying he doesn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating”.
Opposite to the expectations, Horn gave a tough fight to Pacquiao throughout the 12 rounds at the Brisbane’s Lang Park on Sunday and was eventually declared winner in unanimous points-decision despite the Filipino boxer landing much more punches during the bout.
Horn came out with a spectacular performance in the final round as he threw some big shots at Pacquiao, knowing that he needed to clinch the round to win the fight against eight-division world champion.
The final scoreboard read 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in favour of Horn. The boxer-politician had accepted the judges’ decision at the time and said he was keen for a rematch as soon as possible.
While Pacquiao accepted his defeat, the Philippine senator has said that as a leader and boxer, he has “the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public”, reports the Guardian.
The 38-year-old cited a request by the Philippines’ Games and Amusements Board to Francisco Valcarcel, WBO president, for a review of the refereeing and judging of the match. (ANI)