WATCH: Teddy Atlas Cut Loose on Jeff Horn After Controversial Win
If you didn’t manage to catch Sunday’s fantastic boxing match between the veteran of the ring Manny Pacquiao and former Australian school teacher Jeff Horn, you missed a hell of a fight.
Many boxing experts, fans, former and current boxers weighed in on the outcome, believing Pacquiao had done more than enough to hold onto his WBO title. Horn fought much of the fight as the aggressor but landed fewer shots than Pacquiao, who also landed cleaner and crisper strikes. While statistics may not always reflect the outcome of a fight, it may be worth noting that Pacquiao landed 32% of his strikes, to Horn’s 15%.
Horn was almost finished in the ninth round when Pacquiao stepped on the gas and started to look for the stoppage. Horn managed to survive the round, being told by referee Mark Nelson that he would need to show some competitiveness or the bout would be called off.
Considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time, Pacquiao lost the controversial unanimous decision when the judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 for Horn.
Pacquiao has since stated he will be activating the rematch clause in the fight agreement and will be facing Horn once more, hopefully before the end of 2016.
Nobody was more outraged by the controversial outcome than Teddy Atlas, veteran boxing analyst and former protege of Cus D’amato.
“It reminds me of that practice – look, I’m not gonna mince words – that stupid practice in the States where some idiot decided to give trophies to everybody just for a good effort,” said Atlas after the fight.
“Instead of saying a guy won, a guy lost and you deal with it. You learn. It’s part of growing up, it’s a part of life.
“But they give everybody a trophy. That’s what they did tonight. They gave a trophy – a win – to Horn, the local kid, for trying hard. You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard. You’re supposed to get it for winning!
Atlas later confronted Horn face to face and was very clear in his assessment of the Australian’s performance. Check out the savage confrontation below and let us know what you think!