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Manny Pacquiao Trainer Wants Judge Investigated After Jeff Horn Win

Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has called for one of the judges from his fight against Australian Jeff Horn to be investigated over her controversial scoring.

After a unanimous points victory, Horn is the new owner of the WBO welterweight belt over Pacquiao on Sunday in a brutal slugfest at Suncorp Stadium.

Both the judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan scored the bout at 115-113, but Waleska Roldan’s adjudication of 117-111 has Pacquiao’s camp fuming.

‘That was hard, sometimes I think people need to be investigated,’ trainer Freddie Roach told The Daily Telegraph.

‘At least in America where you get odd scores like that with the judges, the head commissioner should ask at some point, ”Why? Where? Show me how you came up with that score”.’

On the morning of the fight Roach had tipped that Horn, 29, wouldn’t last three rounds against the legendary boxer, 38.

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Pacquiao said that he accepted the judges’ decision, adding that he was keen to fight Horn again as soon as possible.

But in an interview translated to English by fans on Reddit, Pacquiao took aim at Horn’s tactics and the refereeing of Mark Nelson, according to news.com.au.

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‘There were lots of (head-clashes, neck-holds and elbows) because the referee did nothing. He seemed inexperienced.

I don’t know if it was deliberate or not,’ he said.

‘There were warnings. There was even a two-point deduction on the two headbutts. But nothing was given by the referee.’

Pacquiao’s Australian strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune, a former heavyweight boxer, was another to slam the referee and judges after the fight.

‘The referee was sketchy, the judges were crazy. Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like a pumpkin,’ he said.

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‘Those scores, that card? It should be the other way around. You can make as many excuses as you’d like – it was a s****y referee, s****y judging. But that’s boxing.’

Veteran trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas fuelled the controversy, saying Horn was only handed the win because he showed heart during the brutal bout.

He began a post-fight interview with the newly-crowned champion by saying: ‘Congratulations, great effort. I thought you lost.’

Atlas later said: ‘You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard, you’re supposed to get it for winning and I thought Pacquiao won the fight.’

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Social media was quick to light up after the former schoolteacher’s shock victory, with many taking aim at judge Roldan.

‘Great fight, highly entertaining. But how did Waleska Roldan score it 117-111 pacq won the fight, not lose by 6 point (sic),’ one wrote.

The controversy will not bother a beat-up looking Horn, whose right eye was completely closed over as he spoke to media on Monday morning.

‘There’s always going to be backlash. People are going to say I got lucky. Whatever,’ Horn said.

‘There’s always going to be the naysayers saying I didn’t win the fight. But I felt like I won the fight.

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‘I think a lot of Queenslanders think I won the fight and people around the world. You’re always going to have a select few that are going to be against you.’

But the perception among U.S. fight fans that he did not deserve to beat Pacquiao will be something he has to deal with as he moves forward in his career.

Top Rank supremo Bob Arum, the man who opened the door to the U.S. market for Horn, said he felt the win was fair.

‘It could have gone either way. A couple of close rounds, but you can’t argue with the result,’ Arum said.

‘I scored a lot of the early rounds for Jeff. Then I had Manny coming back in the middle.

‘The 12th round, Jeff really won. If you give Manny the 11th, you have it a draw. You give Jeff the 11th, it’s 7-5.’

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Horn, who on Monday said his face was ‘feeling pretty good, if I don’t touch it,’ praised the future Hall of Famer before restating his desire for a rematch.

‘Manny Pacquiao is an absolute warrior. He might have come underdone in this fight, I don’t know,’ he said.

‘I’d be happy with a rematch. It would be awesome to have him back here fighting and we’ll do it again if he wants to.’

The Brisbane schoolteacher-turned-boxer will be honoured with a tickertape parade and a keys to the city presentation this week.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the parade will wind down Queen Street Mall in Brisbane’s CBD at noon on Thursday.

The suburban Brisbane boy will be handed the keys when the parade pulls in to Redacliff Place in the heart of his hometown.

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