• A bone of contention

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    EDDIE G. ALINEA

    Until this day, a little over a month since the Manny Paquiao-Jeff Horn fight held July 2 at Brisbane’s 55,000-seat Suncorp Arena won by the 29-year-old former schoolteacher, the debate as to who really won the title encounter still rages.

    This, despite a review conducted by a five-man World Boxing Organization panel confirming the three judges’ unanimous verdict awarding the victory and the welterweight crown to Horn.

    The judges’ decision and the subsequent confirmation would remain unacceptable to many, especially the latter which was arrived at via a point system of scoring alien even to those who claim knowledge on how to score a fight.

    And this includes boxing writers and analysts worth their salt, who have long been covering boxing bouts and, therefore, can validly claim to have vast experience in deciding who won a given fight.

    Count celebrated TV analyst Teddy Atlas in this list along with veteran scribes Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Dan Rafael of ESPN and Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated, among others.

    Just before the announcement of the result was made and even after, one determined Reddit user (hotrodfantasy) conducted a survey and compiled the scores of every member of the boxing media that he could find and, as well as the sports celebrities who watched the showdown and, as expected, an overwhelming 55 majority of the 67 polled scored the bout in favor of the Pacman. Seven saw Horn won, while five saw it a draw.

    Here’s how they decided the fight:

    Bob Velin (USA Today) –115-112 Pacquiao; Nick Tylwalk (FanSided)–116-112 Pacquiao; Mike Sloan (Sherdog)–116-111 Pacquiao; Gary Parrish (CBS Sports)–Pacquiao; Jason McIntyre (Fox Sports 1)– Pacquiao; Dieter Kurtenbach (Fox Sports) – Pacquiao; Josh Katzowitz (Forbes)–115-112 Pacquiao;

    Fraser Coffeen (Bloody Elbow)–116-112 Pacquiao; Anton Tabuena (Bloody Elbow)– Pacquiao; Bad Left Hook–116-111 and 115-113 Pacquiao; Mike Coppinger (Ring Magazine)– Pacquiao; Michael Rosenthal (Ring Magazine)–116-112 Pacquiao; Ryan Songalia (Ring Magazine and Rappler)–117-110 Pacquiao; Doug Fischer (Ring Magazine)–116-112 or 115-113 Pacquiao; Mike Baca II (Ring Magazine and Undisputed Champion Network)–Pacquiao, 115-113; Steve Kim (Undisputed Champion Network)–Pac­quiao; Lance Pugmire (LA Times)–116-112 Pacquiao; Boxing News–115-113 Pac­quiao (Verdict: Close fight, no robbery); Michael Wilbon (ESPN)–Pacquiao; Dan Rafael (ESPN)–117-111 Pacquiao; Marcellus Wiley (ESPN)–Pacquiao; Ramona Shelburne (ESPN)–Pacquiao; Nigel Collins (ESPN) – 114-113 Pacquiao; Stephen A. Smith (ESPN) – Pacquiao robbed!!!! Teddy Atlas (ESPN)–116-111 Pacquiao; Arash Markazi (ESPN) – Pacquiao; T.J. Quinn (ESPN) – Pacquiao; Salvador Rodriguez+ (ESPN)–116-112 Pacquiao; Greg Bishop (Sports Illustrated)–117-111 Pacquiao; Al Bernstein (Showtime Sports)–Pacquiao; Chris Mannix (Yahoo! Sports) – Pacquiao; Kevin Iole (Yahoo! Sports)–115-113 Pacquiao; Gareth A. Davies (The Telegraph) –115-113 Pacquiao; Jay Cowan (Spike Sports)–115-112 Pacquiao; Marcos Villegas (Fight Hub TV)– Pacquiao; Jonathan Snowden (Bleacher Report)–Pacquiao; BoxingScene–116-112 Pacquiao; Ryan Phillips (The Big Lead)–116-111 Pacquiao; Lennox Lewis–Pacquiao; Lou DiBella (promoter)–116-112 Pacquiao; DJ Gallo (The Guardian)–117-111 Pacquiao; Ben Thompson (Fight Hype)–115-112 Pacquiao; Jeff Powell (The Daily Mail)–Pacquiao robbed; Martin Chesnutt (Boxing Monthly)–115-112 Pacquiao; Adam Abramowitz+ (Saturday Night Boxing and Transnational Boxing Rankings board member)–116-111 Pacquiao; Rafael G (The Fight City) –“Pacquiao; Lee Wylie (The Fight City)–Pacquiao; Patrick Connor+ (BWAA/IBRO member)–Pacquiao; Michael Montero (Montero On Boxing)–116-112 Pacquiao; Behind the Gloves–117-110 Pacquiao; Erik Morales–Pacquiao robbed; Juan Manuel Marquez–116-112 Pacquiao; Timothy Bradley–Pacquiao won (very close fight); Guillermo Rigondeaux–Pacquiao; Kobe Bryant–Pacquiao won.

    This reporter had Manny winning 117-111.

    On the eve of the clash, Pacquiao was the overwhelming favorite with most believing that the Filipino would dismiss his challenger with relative ease.

    However, despite a reasonably solid performance, the 38-year-old Senator, the vast majority of boxing fans were shocked when the judges unanimously scored the fight in favor of his Australian opponent.

    Although some suggested that Horn deservedly won the fight, the vast majority felt that Pacquiao should have been announced the winner with some even stating that the Filipino had been blatantly robbed.

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