Boxing greats slam Pacquaio for not accepting he lost
AUSTRALIAN boxing greats have lashed Manny Pacquiao for forcing a review of the scoring in Jeff Horn's victory over Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
Jeff Fenech and Johnny Lewis came out swinging in support of Horn yesterday and were joined by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who said a rematch in Brisbane was the best way for Pacquiao to settle his concerns.
Three-time world champ Fenech, who was a victim of a highly controversial decision against Azumah Nelson in Las Vegas in 1991, said: "There shouldn't have been any controversy at all about this fight.
"Jeff Horn won - end of story. He dominated the first six rounds and Manny is just trying to save face now. The American commentary was ridiculous - they said Pacquiao got ripped off. What fight were they watching?
"All they are trying to do is rob Jeff Horn of the glory he deserves. This was one of the greatest wins ever by an Australian boxer."
Ms Palaszczuk, who backed Sunday's fight with State Government sponsorship, hosted Horn's ticker-tape parade in Brisbane on Thursday and said he would school Pacquiao again in a second fight.
"As a teacher, Jeff Horn knows how to deliver lessons," Ms Palaszczuk said. "Manny Pacquiao learnt his lesson last weekend - don't underestimate a Queenslander."
The World Boxing Organisation declared yesterday it would re-score the fight because of controversy surrounding Horn's win by unanimous decision. But there is no plan to change the result and Horn will retain the title regardless of a review by five other judges.
On Sunday, New York's Waleska Roldan scored Horn winning nine rounds to three, or 117-111 but Chris Flores from Arizona and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina both had Horn winning a close fight 115-113 or seven rounds to five.
The WBO was responding to a request from the Philippines Games and Amusements Board to review the fight after Pacquiao said the decision against him was "unfair".
The WBO said the only way to revoke a decision rested on proving fraud in the officiating.
WBO president Francisco Valcarcel, a Puerto Rican lawyer who was the official supervisor for the fight on Sunday, said the purpose of the review was to give the fans "certainty" over the winner.
He stressed the WBO would not reverse the decision.
Valcarcel said five anonymous judges will review the bout, watching a replay without the American commentary.
Lewis, who trained six world champions including Fenech, said he was surprised Pacquiao was "carrying on" over the decision.
"I had Jeff Horn winning eight rounds to four," said the most respected man in Australian boxing.