In a stunning upset, hometown hero Jeff Horn relied on relentless pressure and big heart to score a disputed unanimous decision over Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium.
Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs), a massive underdog, captured the WBO welterweight title by judges scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113. CBS Sports scored the fight even (114-114) while most had it in favor of Pacquiao.
At 38, Pacquiao looked a step slower throughout and, at times, a shadow of his once great self despite entering the fight firmly entrenched on most pound-for-pound lists. But the Filipino senator, no stranger to wildly disputed defeats following his 2012 loss to Timothy Bradley Jr., was incredibly gracious in defeat.
“I didn’t expect that … that’s part of the game,” Pacquiao said. “That’s the decision of the judges. I respect that.”
Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), who had a rematch clause in his contract, showed no hesitation in wanting a second chance.
“Absolutely, yes. We have a rematch [clause] so no problem,” Pacquiao said. “Yeah, yeah. He beat me.”