Australians welcome Manny Pacquiao to be back for the boxing rematch with the new WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn later this year. The Filipino boxer shows his graciousness when interviewed after his defeat despite the public’s outrage on the biased decision. Promoter Bob Arum thinks that although Horn is a tough guy, Pacquiao is the winner but his team had some shortcomings that contributed to his defeat.
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[VIDEO]: People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao questions the scoring and the referee during his fight against Jeff Horn in Australia.
Arum believes the referee was at fault for allowing Horn too many punches in the clinch but says Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach failed in his responsibility to step in and question the Aussie’s tactics. He also blamed Pacquiao’s disorganized corner for creating a shambolic environment during the fight.
Arum points out to Freddie Roach that in the ring between rounds he did not yell at the partial referee. It’s his job,” Arum said. There’s also confusion in the corner with the languages. Assistant trainer, Buboy Fernandez, and Miguel Diaz were yelling and screaming like maniacs. Roach has to stay close to Manny to give him some advice but perhaps he was not close enough. Arum feels that Team Pacquiao was overconfident.
Pacquiao’s manager Michael Koncz also confirms that the camp’s relaxed approach to what was assumed as an easy victory came back to haunt the 11-time world champion.
No Strategy for a Tough Kid
“The corner didn’t have a strategy. They were all amazed that Jeff Horn was such a tough, rugged fighter and they didn’t adapt to it,” Koncz said. “There’s a lot of blame to go around, but the bottom line is the kid had a lot of heart and came to win. He did everything he could to get it. The referee also allowed him to do more than he should have.”