The Re-Score for Pacquiao vs Horn Has Arrived!
The World Boxing Organisation has just set loose the results of an independent re-score of the fight between veteran boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and Australian teacher turned boxer Jeff Horn. While Pacquiao may have landed cleaner and crisper strikes with more volume, the judges gave the decision to Horn, with many boxing fans and analysts such as Teddy Atlas declaring the result a robbery.
The WBO have since had five independent judges review the bout, analysing the bout without any sound and scoring the round as best they can.
“The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial causing disputes amongst fans. For this reason, transparency is so important,” the WBO said in its statement.
“The WBO does not have power to reverse the Judges decision based on discretion as it can only be revoked when fraud or a violation of Law has occurred, which is not relevant in this case.
“Based on this, five (5) anonymous, competent Judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound.
“Then, the independent results were tabulated to ascertain clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent. To determine the winner of each round, 3 out of the 5 officials have to be in agreement.
“Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100%; the 5th round was won by 80%; and the 11th round by 60%. Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100%; rounds 2nd, 4th, and 7th by 80%; and then, the 10th round by 60%.
“From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won 5 rounds while Horn won 7 rounds.
“The next step of the analysis was to combine the Independent Judges with the Bout Judges to find the percentage agreement by round.
“Upon doing this analysis, the findings of the Judges stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd and 9th by 100%; the 8th round was won by 87.5%; no rounds were won by 75%; the 5th round by 62.5%; and the 10th and 11th were even rounds.
“On the other hand, the Judges findings stated that Horn won the 1st, 6th, and 12th rounds by 100%; by 87.5%, he won the 4th and the 7th; the 2nd was won by 75%; none were won by 62.5%; and the even rounds were the 10th and the 11th.
“The analytical method utilized was also used in the decision of Algieri-Provodnikov and Pacquiao-Bradley. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”
While Pacquiao fans may be dismayed at the outcome, all hope is not lost. The Filipino boxing champion plans to activate a rematch clause that was embedded in his contract, and is looking to square off with Horn once more in late 2017.
“I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” Pacquiao said in a statement.
“I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”
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