Horn beats Pacquiao, captures WBO welterweight title via unanimous decision

MANILA — Jeff Horn crushed Manny Pacquiao to capture the WBO world welterweight title via a unanimous verdict in front of 50,000 fans at Brisbane’s Lang Park in Australia Sunday.

The 29-year old former Olympian, who improved his fight record of 18-0-1, was adjudged the victor against the eight-division world champion by scores of 117-115, 115-113 and 115-113.

In an interview after the fight, Horn attributed his victory to his belief in winning since he was young, the support of his team, sponsors, family and Almighty.

“Yah, it’s fine, bring it on,” said Horn who favored a rematch against Pacman who now holds a record of 68 fights — 59-7-2 (win-loss-draw)

Pacquiao’s American trainer Freddie Roach predicted the fight would be short but the Horn — unbeaten in his 17 previous professional fights — demonstrated top form, delivered combinations and applied pressure by winning some of the early rounds and Pacquiao needed treatment during the 6th and 7th rounds for a cut on the top of his head that resulted from a clash of heads. Primo Agatep/PNA-northboundasia.com