Manny Pacquiao (58-7-2, 39 KOs) was the heavy favorite heading into his WBO welterweight title defense against Australia’s Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs), but the local guy became a national hero with a stunning upset win over Pac-man in front of a boisterous crowd at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The scorecards read 117-111, 115-113, and 115-113 all for Horn, who statistically landed far fewer punches than Pacquiao, who was statistically more accurate. Of course, CompuBox isn’t necessarily always dead-on accurate with its punch-tracking. It was a very compelling, entertaining, often times ugly fight, and the decision will be hotly debated. Horn and the whole of Australia won’t care, as they have themselves a world champion.
Check out the highlights at the bottom of the page (some will be linked to ESPN’s website and therefore subject to geoblocking).
Here’s Fraser Coffeen’s play-by-play of the dramatic round 12:
Round 12: Horn comes out fighting like a man who needs a KO. hes pushing towards Manny going for it, but he’s clearly tired and can’t find his target. Pacquiao still showing excellent movement, slipping punches. But Horn never stops and is coming on with a flurry of punches as the final bell rings. Great heart from Horn, great fight. 10-9 Horn
Final BE scorecard: 116-112 Pacquiao
Jeff Horn continuing to show he belongs in the ring with Manny Pacquiao: https://t.co/nWwUPDyqve— ESPN (@espn) July 2, 2017