"I respect the judges' decision", Pacquiao said. Much, much tougher. We have a clause for a rematch.
Given no chance by most observers, the 29-year-old Horn's ultra-aggressive style rocked Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to the Australian in front of 51,000 fans.
According to CompuBox statistics, Pacquiao landed nearly twice as many punches as Horn - 182 to 92.
Despite that, it was Horn who was in serious danger of being declared the loser after a round nine bludgeoning that prompted referee Mark Nelson to tell the Australian's corner that he was prepared to stop the fight if Horn didn't show him something in round 10. "Horn was a very game but I'm hard pressed to see how he could have won that fight by any stretch!".
Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines and Jeff Horn, left, of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017.
"Jeff fought the right fight and took Manny to places he'd not been before ... he made it a bit dirty".
All three judges awarded it to Horn, with American Waleska Roldan's 117-111 score attracting most of the criticism.
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Pacquiao had been hoping to set up a second big-money showdown with Floyd Mayweather, but it was Horn who called for a fight with the unbeaten American immediately after his win.
Roach refused to condemn the judges who scored the fight in Horn's favour, adding: "I thought it was a pretty close fight".
"A couple of close rounds, but you can't argue with the result". And then when I came in and we went to General Santos it was a lot easier because he only had one job.
"Even on TV, I can remember watching programmes saying the Manny Pacquiao fight in Brisbane".
His son had been battered by Pacquiao and blood was streaming from a nasty cut over Horn's right eye. If I had a towel I may have thrown it myself in the ninth.
Asked about Pacquiao's mindset regarding a possible retirement from boxing, Roach replied: "I'm gonna have a long talk with him over that, because I think maybe being a senator and being a fighter, both is just maybe too much".
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