Boxing: Horn dismisses Pacquiao's call to review defeat

Manny Pacquiao (right) is struck by Jeff Horn during their WBO World Welterweight title boxing match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland.
Manny Pacquiao (right) is struck by Jeff Horn during their WBO World Welterweight title boxing match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland. PHOTO: EPA

BRISBANE • Newly crowned world welterweight champion Jeff Horn yesterday brushed aside boxing legend Manny Pacquiao's call for a review of the Filipino's controversial loss and threw down the gauntlet for a rematch.

Thousands joined a ticker-tape parade in Brisbane in honour of the former school teacher, who said he doubted if Pacquiao had personally backed a call to review the outcome of last Sunday's title bout.

"I don't actually believe that would be Pacquiao actually even saying that himself," the Australian told Channel Nine.

"Maybe it is his team around him. But Pacquiao seemed very humble in the way that he lost and thought the decision was correct.

"I am ready for a rematch. If he wants to come back and do it again, we will do it. That's up to him, he's got the option."

The 29-year-old stunned Pacquiao with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision. The result has been widely questioned, with many believing Pacquiao should have won.

The 38-year-old Filipino on Wednesday backed a formal request by the Philippines' Games and Amusement Board for the World Boxing Organisation to review the decision.

In the twilight of a 22-year professional career in which he won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, Pacquiao had initially called for a rematch, but later said he would also "think hard" about retiring.

In Brisbane, with chants of "Hornet! Hornet!" ringing out, the Australian boxer was handed the keys to the city and told thousands of supporters he was ready for the next challenge.

"Thank you all for turning up and supporting me and my dreams and, as you can see, you never give up. I went through a tough round nine, pushed hard through and we got there," he told the crowd. "We got that World Championship."

"I knew I was meant for something big. I knew I was gonna be a world champion."

There was no doubting the fight's outcome among fans who came out to greet their home-town hero.

"(It was) an absolutely amazing performance. He (Horn) definitely, definitely, definitely won," one supporter told Sky News.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2017, with the headline 'Horn dismisses Pacquiao's call to review defeat'. Print Edition | Subscribe