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Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Jeff Horn stunned Manny Pacquiao to claim the WBO welterweight title


Australian Jeff Horn stunned Manny Pacquiao and the boxing world early Sunday, claiming the World Boxing Organization's welterweight title in a unanimous-decision victory.

The three judges scored the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-133 in favor of Horn. A crowd of more than 51,000 attended the bout, which was held at Suncorp Stadium in Horn's hometown of Brisbane, Australia, and broadcast nationally in the U.S. on ESPN.

The decision generated plenty of controversy. ESPN reported that Pacquiao landed 183 punches in the fight to Horn's 93, and Horn was bloodied by the Filipino future hall of famer.

Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, said that "the referee was sketchy, the judges were crazy."

"Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like a pumpkin," Fortune said.

Commentator Teddy Atlas told Horn after the fight that he thought Horn had lost.

Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis was among those critical of the decision.

Pacquiao said he "respects" the decision and looks forward to a rematch.

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