Bettors who predicted that Jeff Horn would beat Manny Pacquiao by decision cashed in at 12-to-1 after he scored an incredible upset of Manny Pacquiao this past weekend in Brisbane, Australia. However, the victory did not come without a certain amount of controversy...
Manny Pacquiao entered into this fight as a 6-to-1 betting favorite, and Jeff Horn was seen as the definitive underdog by the boxing media. There were storylines comparing Horn to 'Rocky', but the fight ended quite differently than the movie with the underdog winning a controversial victory, instead of the other way around.
The commentary crew on ESPN all had Pacquiao clearly winning the fight, and that sentiment was echoed by boxing fans on Twitter. It was not just boxing fans, but trainers and fighters who weighed in all had it for Pacquiao, it seems.
Punch stats would show that Manny landed more, though Horn was on his front foot and pressed the action for most of the fight. Horn used a size advantage to bully Manny against the ropes and opened two significant cuts via accidental headbutt.
What most observers can't deny is that Manny Pacquiao seemed a step slower than what we have come to expect from him. Despite the ESPN commentary favoring Pacquiao, the live betting odds at Bet365 had Jeff Horn as the (-300) favorite after the 8th round.
The 9th round was pivotal, and we saw flashes of the vintage Manny Pacquiao as he landed heavy punches on Horn, who seemingly had nothing left in the tank. Referee Mark Nelson stepped into the Horn corner after the round and said he would stop the fight if Horn didn't show him anything in the 10th. The live betting odds were then flipped and Manny was the (-500) favorite.
To Horn's credit, he showed some serious mettle and made the championship rounds competitive. The live betting odds at the final bell were as follows:
The judges scorecards read: Waleska Roldan 111-117, Chris Flores 113-115, Ramon Cerdan 113-115. The fight was up for grabs heading into the championship rounds, and that was where Horn won the fight in the eyes of the judges.