Last night, Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao fought in Brisbane, Australia for Pacquiao’s WBO Welterweight Title. The fight lasted all 12 rounds, yet Pacquiao landed 182 to Horn’s 92 punches, a huge discrepancy.
In the ninth round, Horn almost couldn’t continue as the referee wanted to stop the fight, but Horn’s camp begged to continue and won their wish. Despite Pacquiao looking in control for the majority of the right, the judge’s made a controversial unanimous decision giving the unknown Horn the victory.
With the shock permeating many households in America, some Los Angeles Chargers players, including Chargers linebacker Korey Toomer and former Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, took to Twitter to voice their frustration with the decision.
— Korey Toomer (@Korey_Toomer) July 2, 2017
Manny got ripped off
— Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman) July 2, 2017
Both guys have right to be upset with the final decision in the fight. It is unfortunate to see Pacquiao dominate for the majority of the 12 rounds, but not win because the title’s fate ended up in the hands of just three judges who couldn’t separate themselves from their own biases.
Hopefully, the Chargers players watched the fight and understand that one must never let a sporting event get into the hands of another person. When you have your opponent down, finish them. If Los Angeles does that, then they will win a lot of the close games they lost last season.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.