Local hero Horn started the Battle of Brisbane bout strongly with a dominant opening two rounds, but the Filipino star fought back in ominous fashion, nearly ending it in a brutal ninth round where he made Horn his personal punching bag. "No one can justify Jeff Horn winning that fight but what I think was more surprising is how the Australian performed", said fight sports analyst Carlos Cinco when asked by BusinessWorld for his thoughts shortly after the Brisbane fight came to a controversial conclusion.
"The ref came over (at the end of the round) and said "show me something or I'll stop the fight", Horn said.
In no way overwhelmed by the biggest bout of his career in front of 50,000-plus fans at Suncorp Stadium, Horn kept trying to land heavy punches on Pacquiao throughout the match.
But it looks like Pacquiao has other plans.
He won the title after defeating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in a 12 rounds points decision. It has to be effective aggression and Jeff Horn failed to do that in my eyes.
Some observers - including ESPN - scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao.
"Nothing will change: Senator Manny Pacquiao will remain our People's Champ", Abella said. With Horn charging forward all day, he ducked down and it was nearly inevitable one of them would be opened.
"It would be awesome to have him back here fighting and do it again if he wants to, " he said.
"Jeff executed beautifully and it just went pretty much how I thought it would go", said Rushton. He had been written off before even stepping into the ring and very few, if any, expected such a competitive performance.
"I got called "gay" a lot".
Pacquiao's conditioning trainer, the Los Angeles-based former Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, was critical of the referee and the judging.
"If I try and make a frown or something then I can feel the bruises in it".
"That was hard, sometimes I think people need to be investigated".
But the former teacher, who took up boxing only 11 years ago because he wanted to learn self-defence, fought with the fury of a man with nothing to lose.
"From the beginning, we knew Pacquiao was in for a rough night because the kid (Horn) was packing heat".