Celebrity News: Manny Pacquiao had already left town, without saying much. Meanwhile, refereeing and judges of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, who lost the Filipino by unanimous decision to Jeff Horn, were still criticizing social networks.
But many Australians, from fans to politicians, continued to celebrate Monday the triumph of Horn, a 29-year-old pugilist, practically unknown in the boxing world until a few days ago and who previously served as a teacher in a school. His face was inflamed at the end of the fight with the legendary Filipino boxer.
The flaming champion does not care much about the criticism, which began Sunday in a television interview as soon as the so-called “Battle of Brisbane” ended.
Pacquiao refrained from offering the post-fight press conference. His collaborators justified it by reporting that he had required seven stitches in each of the wounds he suffered near the crown. There was also no opportunity to interview the Philippine senator in the changing rooms.
Some critics equated the fight with a robbery and questioned the integrity of boxing again.
Immediately after the bout, Pacquiao said he should respect the decision, noting that there was a clause in the contract to hold a rematch. He then said he was sure to have won the fight, speaking to a Philippine news channel.
Pacquiao’s coaches took it against the referee for not taking action to stop Horn’s header, who also held his opponent by the neck several times. They also highlighted the statistics, according to which, Pacquiao threw twice more power shots compared to his rival.
“Thank you for the support and for believing that I won the fight,” he said. “I pray this does not affect or ruin the boxing business.”
Reports emerged that a government agency in the Philippines was seeking to have WMO open an investigation into the outcome. The agency released the judges’ cards Sunday night.
The three gave the victory to Horn. The most criticized entry was that of the American Waleska Roldan, who gave 117-111. His compatriot Chris Flores ruled 115-113, as did the Argentinean Ramon Cerdán.
Pacquiao, 38, had the opportunity to knock out his opponent in the ninth round when he cornered him against the ropes and put him in serious predicament against 51,051 spectators at Suncorp Stadium. But the 11 times world monarch could not complete the task.