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Manny Pacquiao felt the judges had come to and unfair and incorrect decision.

Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn fight has been rescored by WBO

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After his controversial and unexpected loss to Jeff Horn, former welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao had been on a mission to have the match rescored after feeling that the decision the judges had come to on the night was incorrect and unfair.

"I love boxing and I don't want to see it dying because of an unfair decision and officiating," said Pacquiao in the aftermath of his defeat in Brisbane.

"I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public."

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Finally, Pacquiao got his wish as WBO enlisted the help of "five anonymous and competent judges" to analyse the fight, and in the end, they came to the same conclusion as the judges present on the night.

Horn had outpointed Pacquiao, winning seven out of the 12 rounds as the 29-year-old won his first world title.

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WBO said that the analysis was only carried out for the sake of transparency, as they could not actually reverse the result that was handed down on the night in Brisbane.

A spokesman for the WBO said: "It can only be revoked when fraud or a violation of law has occurred, which is not relevant in this case." 

Horn came out all guns blazing in the early rounds as he adopted an aggressive approach. However, the experienced veteran that is Pacquiao weathered the storm well and came back into the fight towards the end.

Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn

Both fighters tired towards the end and eventually Horn's early momentum proved enough to overcome the Pacman.

Pacquiao's career has been dwindling for a while now and, having lost four of his last nine matches, this loss and subsequent reloss will come as a damning blow to the 38-year-old Filipino.

Meanwhile, in the other corner, Jeff Horn's career may just be taking off.

The Australian, a quarter-finalist at the London 2012 Olympics, is reported to have won at least $500,000 after defeating Pacquiao, and will likely have a heap of options to choose from for his next fight.

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