Pacquiao Loses Welterweight Crown to Horn, Open to Rematch

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Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO world welterweight title to Jeff Horn in the Battle of Brisbane Sunday, July 2 [local time], but the Filipino pugilist seems intent to take his hardware back, reports Bong Lozada of INQUIRER.net.

After Hall-of-Fame announcer Michael Buffer announced the scores, 117-11, 115-113, 115-113, in favor of Horn, Top Rank reporter Crystina Poncher told Pacquiao about the rematch clause in the contract and boxing’s only eight-division champion gave a positive response.

“Yes, definitely,” said the 38-year-old Pacquiao when asked if he’s game for a second fight with Horn.
Even Horn, who had the maroon and gold belt draped over his left shoulder, implied of a possible rematch.

In a match that ended in a controversy, Horn took the belt on the judges’ call but the punch stats said otherwise. Pacquiao connected on 182 total punches, 123 of which were power punches, while Horn managed to land just 92.

A related INQUIRER.net report asserts the Brisbane match seemed to be déjà vu, with Horn pulling a Bradley on Pacquiao.

Writer Mark Giongco explains that five years ago, Pacquiao suffered a highly-disputed defeat to Timothy Bradley by split decision despite out-boxing the American throughout the bout.

Bradley, now a boxing commentator, was actually in attendance, calling the fight alongside his trainer Teddy Atlas, who couldn’t hide his dismay over the unanimous decision win.

Read more on the Pacquiao-Horn Fight on INQUIRER.net.