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MANILA, Philippines, Jul 5 – Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday urged the earth Boxing Organization (WBO) to review the “unfair decision along with officiating” after losing his welterweight title to Australia’s Jeff Horn.
Pacquiao endorsed a formal call by the Philippines’ Games along with Amusement Board for the WBO to review the outcome of Sunday’s fight in Brisbane.
“I love boxing along with I don’t wanna see the item dying because of unfair decision along with officiating,” Pacquiao, 38, said in a statement issued by his office.
“I had already accepted the decision although as a leader along with, at the same time, fighter I contain the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth along with fairness inside the eyes of the public,” said Pacquiao, also a sitting senator.
inside the twilight of a 22-year pro career in which he won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, Pacquiao had initially called for a rematch, although later said he could also “think hard” about retiring.
Widely written off by observers, Horn, 29, shocked Pacquiao with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision.
A day after the bout, the Philippines’ sports regulatory body wrote the WBO calling for a “thorough review” on the decisions of American referee Mark Nelson along with the judges.
“We are producing This specific request for a review, which may call for sanctions on the referee along with judges if so warranted, in furtherance of our mutual goal of protecting the integrity of the sport,” the board wrote.
Pacquiao attached a copy of the letter to his own statement.
“WBO should take appropriate action on the letter sent by the Games along with Amusement Board so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing,” Pacquiao said.
The WBO on Tuesday responded to the controversy in its Twitter account.
“The discretion of a referee or judge cannot be reversed, except in a case of fraud or violation of laws which is actually not the case in Pac vs Horn,” the WBO said.
“The contract for Pac vs Horn provides a rematch clause, which the WBO is actually in accordance (with) if the promoters decide to move forward.”
While saying he respected the fight outcome, Pacquiao had questioned the referee’s decisions along with made disparaging comments about Horn.
“He’s not genuinely Great although he’s genuinely strong,” Pacquiao said of Horn on Monday, while the Filipino’s camp criticised the referee for supposedly allowing the undefeated Australian to get away using a host of illegal tactics.
“The problem here is actually that will the referee, I don’t know if he did the item deliberately or he just did not have experience, he just allowed the item along with did not even give any warning for how many times,” Pacquiao said.
“the item’s as if the referee wanted to help my opponent.”
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Pacquiao wants review of ‘unfair’ Horn loss