Horn Scores Controversial Upset Over Pacquiao
In front of his hometown crowd, Australian welterweight Jeff Horn scored a massive upset over Mann Pacquiao to win the WBO 147 lb. title. The fight went all 12 rounds and featured multiple momentum swings, but in the end Horn’s aggression was enough to earn him the unanimous decision victory.
Horn pressed forward throughout the bout, using his size to bully the smaller Pacquiao. As Horn often leaped into exchanges head-first, there were several accidental clashes of heads that opened wounds for both fighters. Pacquiao in particular was sporting two large cuts throughout most of the fight.
While Horn was the clear aggressor, he did take some heavy shots from Pacquiao especially in the middle rounds of the contest. In the ninth round, Pacquiao battered Horn to the point that the referee told the Aussie he would stop the fight if the beating continued into the following round. Luckily Horn was able to continue, as he bounced back to take the following round and eventually win a close — and controversial — decision.
When the scorecards were read in favor of Horn, it was immediately apparent that this would be a heavily disputed decision for months to come. Many believed that Pacquiao had won the majority of the rounds and landed the harder blows with his stinging counters, but the judges rewarded Horn’s constant forward pressure and all three saw him doing enough to win.
The outcome may be controversial, but Pacquiao vs. Horn was a fantastic welterweight prizefight between an aging legend and a hungry underdog. Jeff Horn is the new WBO welterweight champion. There may be a rematch in the cards as the cries of "Robbery!" grow louder, but for now Horn will take pride in the gutsy performance he put on in his home country.