WBO President: No Pacquiao v Horn judging review, rematch at promoters discretion
World Boxing Organisation President Paco Valcarcel has informed WBN of the current status regarding the Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn controversy.
Pacquiao lost a hotly disputed decision to the Australian in Brisbane on Saturday night (Sunday down under) as Horn took the WBO welterweight title to much deliberation.
A media sweep of scores from the fight had the average at around 116-112 to Pacquiao (WBN scored 116-111) as the Filipino seemingly did enough to successfully defend his title in front of over 50,000 fans.
There is a rematch clause in the contract that is under consideration, although Valcarcel has confirmed the will be no action regarding the actual 117-111, 115-113 (twice) scoring of the Suncorp Stadium contest.
“The contract for Pacquiao vs Horn provides a rematch clause, which the WBO is in accordance if the promoters decide to move forward,” said Valcarcel in a personal message to WBN before later tweeting it on his own account.
“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 Pacquiao vs Horn,” he clarified.
Horn called out Floyd Mayweather in the wake of scoring the biggest win of his career, although in reality, the ex-school teacher will either have to meet Pacquiao again or be looking a lot further down the radar for his next opponent.
Keith Thurman could be one option should he want to unify further, similar with new belt holder Errol Spence, but Horn may want a lower-key home defense should Team Pacquaio decide to move on from the situation.