Boxing: Horn stuns Pacquiao to win WBO welterweight world title
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, 3 July 2017 05:48 AM
Boxing – Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn – WBO World Welterweight Title – Brisbane, Australia – July 2, 2017. Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines watches as Jeff Horn of Australia hits the canvas. AAP/Dan Peled/via REUTERS
Australia’s Jeff Horn stunned Filipino Manny Pacquiao in a bloody Brisbane battle to claim a unanimous 12-round decision and win the WBO world welterweight title in front of 50,000 fans at Lang Park on Sunday.
The unheralded 29-year-old former schoolteacher, who improved his record to 17-0-1, was awarded the win over the eight-division world champion by scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.
“I’m so happy, I can’t explain my feelings,” Horn said at ringside, before welcoming the prospect of a rematch.
“I’ve just believed since I was very young that I could do this.”
Pacquiao, one of the finest boxers of his generation, paid the price for a slow start and his inability to end the fight with a knockout.
The 38-year-old was knocked off his stride by the aggression of the taller and heavier Australian in the early rounds but looked to have weathered the storm as the fight wore on and Horn tired.
With blood pouring from both sides of his forehead after accidental butts, the southpaw launched a fierce assault on Horn which nearly ended the contest in round nine.
“Show me something in this round, or I’m going to stop the fight,” the referee warned the Australian.
Horn, who was cut above his right eye in round two, said he had been exhausted and rattled by the Filipino’s punches.
“It was hard, hard getting through that round, hard getting hit, getting caught with a shot and then continue on,” Horn said.
“(But) I was like ‘settle down everyone, I’m fine’. I was recovering pretty quickly.”
The Australian showed remarkable powers of recuperation as he battled gamely on through the final three rounds with Pacquiao, who earned the last of his 38 knockouts in 2009, unable to capitalize on his dominance.
The bout ended with the fighters in a clinch on the ropes and although Pacquiao gave a little shuffle and a grin to show he had plenty left in the tank, his fate was in the hands of the judges.
“Very tough. I didn’t expect that tough,” said Pacquiao, whose record now reads 59-7-2. “It’s okay, it’s part of the game. That’s the decision of the judges, I respect that.”
Pacquiao, who had hoped for an impressive victory to fire talk of another fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, said he would “absolutely” return for the contracted rematch against Horn.
An emotional Horn brandished a walking stick as he also called out the undefeated Mayweather, who has come out of retirement at 40 years of age for a 12-round crossover boxing match against mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor.
“This is no joke, which one does he want? The walking stick or the gloves?” the Queenslander said.
The loss stunned people in the Philippines, where Pacquiao, now a high-profile senator, has long been a national hero.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said the loss “would not diminish the honors he bestowed to the people and to the flag”.
“Nothing will change: Senator Manny Pacquiao will remain our People’s Champ,” Abella said.
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, additional reporting by Martin Petty; Editing by John O’Brien/Peter Rutherford)
by UNTV News | Posted on Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:07 PM
(Reuters) – WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao showed flashes of his past brilliance as he delivered a dominant performance to earn a unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The 40-year-old Filipino multiple world champion was quicker and more accurate as he controlled each round and cruised to the triumph to take his career record to 61-7-2.
American Broner, 29, fought gamely and stayed upright despite being hit with several heavy combinations but was ultimately outclassed.
Retired great Floyd Mayweather attended the fight, fuelling speculation of a rematch against Pacquiao, who the undefeated American beat in 2015.
Two judges scored the bout 116-112 in favour of Pacquiao, while the third had the Filipino Senator a 117-111 winner.
“I’m so happy,” said Pacquiao. “God gave me this blessing (of good health). At the age of 40 I can still give my best.”
About the only person in attendance who disagreed with the outcome was Broner (33-4-1), who protested the result emphatically in his post fight interview.
“I beat him. Everyone out there knows I beat him,” Broner said. “I controlled the fight, he was missing and I hit him clean more times.”
It was difficult to take Broner’s claims seriously on a night when he was relegated to the role of defensive fighter.
Pacquiao appeared the younger and more spry of the two as he
attacked his opponent’s midsection and ultimately landed 47 body shots to Broner’s three.
In the seventh round, Pacquiao pushed Broner back to the ropes and delivered an onslaught of punches that left Broner holding on for survival.
Pacquiao nearly knocked his opponent down again in the ninth when he delivered a clean left hook to Broner’s chin that knocked him back.
“I wanted to push more but my trainer said ‘do not be careless, wait for him and you counter’,” Pacquiao said.
The final few rounds were anticlimactic as Broner played it safe and Pacquiao stayed in control.
At the final bell, Pacquiao dropped to his knees in his corner for a moment of contemplation.
Pacquiao is enjoying a career turnaround after uninspiring efforts that left many believing his career was nearing an end.
“I don’t believe my career is over,” Pacquiao said. “I proved it in my last fight against (Lucas Matthysse) and now proved it again. The Manny Pacquiao journey still continues.”
Mayweather, whose last outing was a farce of an exhibition bout against a Japanese kickboxer, refused the entreaties of a ringside TV reporter to indicate whether he would be willing to fight Pacquiao again.
The Filipino was less reticent.
“Tell him to come back to the ring and then we will fight,” Pacquiao said.
“I’m willing to fight if he’s willing to come back in boxing.”
Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Nick Mulvenney
(Reuters) – WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao delivered a dominant performance to earn a unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The 40-year-old Filipino multiple world champion was quicker and more accurate as he controlled each round and cruised to the triumph over Broner, 29, who fought gamely and stayed upright despite being hit with several heavy combinations.
Retired great Floyd Mayweather attended the fight, fueling speculation of a rematch against Pacquiao. Undefeated Mayweather beat Pacquiao in 2015.
Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford
by admin | Posted on Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:13 AM
Filipino multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao, who turned 40 last month, (January 16) is set to go in his title defense against Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The WBA welterweight champion will attempt to summon the knockout power that made the “PacMan” the sport’s only eight-division world champion and among the best pound-for-pound fighters of all time. After a knockout drought, Pacquiao had a return to form in July when he stunned defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout in Kuala Lumpur to claim the title. Broner,29, a former four division World champion from Cincinnati has a record of (33-3-1, 24 KOs) has three losses but has never been stopped. Broner who has complained about being slighted by fight organizers in purse size told the press conference audience, “I didn’t come here to lose or lay down. I came here to get this victory.” — Reuters
by UNTV News | Posted on Sunday, 15 July 2018 03:16 PM
Boxing – WBA Welterweight Title Fight – Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse – Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 15, 2018 Manny Pacquiao in action against Lucas Matthysse REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao put on a dominant display to stun defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout and claim the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
The 39-year-old Filipino legend looked focused and busy from the opening bell and had the 15,000 fans at the Axiata Arena on their feet when he sent his Argentine opponent to the canvas three times in total with an array of clubbing blows.
The southpaw dropped his opponent for the final time with a brutal uppercut and the win, his first inside the distance since 2009, improves the eight-division world champion’s record to 60-7-2.
“I’m surprised. Matthysse is a very tough opponent,” Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview following a performance in which he showed glimpses of the spectacular form that catapulted him to the top of global boxing over a decade ago.
“I knocked him down and that’s a bonus for being patient in the fight, and working hard in training.”
Pacquiao set the pace early, probing for openings and moving menacingly around the ring as he dropped Matthysse for a first time in the third round with an uppercut after a flurry of punches had forced the Argentine onto the defensive.
Unable to gain a foothold against Pacquiao’s swarming attacks, Matthysse (39-5-1) looked to land on the counter but was forced to take a knee towards the end of the fifth round when he was visibly shaken by a right hook to the temple.
Referee Kenny Bayless called off the fight after two minutes and 43 seconds of the seventh round when Matthysse buckled following another stiff uppercut and spat out his mouthguard as he was being counted.
The win, in his first bout since losing the WBO welterweight title to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane a year ago, gives Pacquiao his 11th world title in an incredible career that has made him a national hero in his native Philippines.
Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by John O’Brien
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