Jeff Horn stuns champ Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane brawl, wins via unanimous decision

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Manny Pacquiao trades shots with Jeff Horn in Battle of Brisbane.


BRISBANE, Australia - Jeff Horn showed Manny Pacquiao's best days are behind him by scoring a major upset in a good, old-fashioned brawl to wrest the Filipino boxing hero's World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown.


The 29-year-old Australian roughed up and bullied the 38-year-old Filipino for 12 rounds and won by scores of 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 before a roaring hometown crowd at the Suncorp Stadium here.

Horn was the younger and bigger fighter, and it showed for the entire bout fought in a makeshift ring built in the middle of a football field that drew a record crowd of 55,000.

Pacquiao found it hard sizing up his Australian opponent and didn' t really got going until the latter part of the action-packed fight.

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Horn, who reached as far as the quarterfinals of the 2012 London Olympics, said he was more than willing to give the former champ a rematch.

"I do welcome it," he said in an interview done in the middle of the ring.

Pacquiao was bloodied - caused by two cuts on each side of the head - but unbowed. He was gracious in defeat though, saying he has no complaints on the judges scorecards.

"The decision of the judges, I respect that," said Pacquiao to the wild applause of the predominantly Aussie crowd.

"It's a very tough (fight) but it's part of the game."

Asked on his take for a rematch, Pacquiao quickly replied, "absolutely."


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