WBO rejects GAB’s request to review Pacquiao-Horn bout


The World Boxing Organization has rejected the request came from the Games and Amusement Board to investigate officiating and judging in the world welterweight title fight “Battle of Brisbane” between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn on 2rd July.

According to the WBO’s sanctioning body, a reversal or review is only possible in case of any law issues or evident fraudulent in the bout. Both cases do not support a reversal in the 12-round fight that Horn won with 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 scores via unanimous decision in Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

A Tweet from WBO stated –

“The discretion of a referee or judge cannot be reversed, except in a case of fraud or violation of laws, which is not the case in Pac vs Horn,”

GAB requested WBO to review the fight via a letter due to

“possible miscalls of the referee [Mark Nelson] where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions in their objectivity.”

Pacquiao himself backed the GAB’s call for a review, saying he doesn’t want to see the sport die “because of unfair decision and officiating.”

The WBO also said that the best way to settle the matter would be to conduct a rematch, which is something Pacquiao is contractually entitled to.

“The contract for Pac vs Horn provides a rematch clause, which the WBO is in accordance if the promoters decide to move forward” read WBO’s tweet.

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