But after going toe to toe with Pacquiao for eight rounds, he got battered, bruised, and bloodied in the ninth round and seemed to lose all momentum towards the end of the fight.
Australian Jeff Horn overcame four-to-one underdog odds and, uh, functioning eyeballs in defeating Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision to seize the longtime champion's WBO welterweight title. Pacquiao started bleeding profusely from the head due to two accidental headbutss - in the sixth and seventh rounds.
The loss will raise plenty of questions about Pacquiao's future, since he was angling to capture a convincing win over the unproven Horn and use it as a springboard to one more big pay day.
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"Absolutely, yes", Pacquiao said of fighting Horn again.
Fans expected that his late rally would be enough to seal the decision win, with Pacquiao landing almost double the amount of punches that his opponent did.
The judges scored the fight 117-111, 115-113, and 115-113.
At any rate, Pacquiao has a rematch clause in his contract and will perhaps exercise it, but as his performance demonstrated, he should also seriously consider retiring. Let us know in the comment section below.