The discretion of a referee or judge cannot be reversed, except in a case of fraud or violation of laws which is not the case in Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn fight. This is the reply of World Boxing Organization on GAB’s letter that highlights the miscalls of the referee that even Manny Pacquiao said that he is obviously protecting Horn.
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[VIDEO]: The Philippine Games and Amusement Board requests a review of the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao fight in Brisbane, Australia on July 2
Outrage on Social Media
Fans express their outrage at the decision on Horn’s victory over Pacquiao. They flood social media with their displeasure. This prompted the Philippine Games and Amusements Board to reach out to the World Boxing Organization. It is the sanctioning body that supervised the Pacquiao-Horn title clash.
Decision is Final
The Games and Amusements Board Facebook page state that GAB Chairman Abraham Mitra, along with commissioners Eduard Trinidad and Matthew Gaston, sent an email to WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. They asked for a ‘thorough review’ of the Pacquiao-Horn fight.
No Question on Horn’s Win
Pacquiao respects the decision but insists that GAB’s letter should get an explanation of WBO on the fight’s decision to preserve the dignity of boxing. WBO only responded to emphasize that the only time a referee or judge’s decision can be reversed is in the case of a violation or fraud. This is not the case in the Pacquiao-Horn match, they said.
Victory for Surpassing Low Expectations
Pacquiao lost to Horn on the scorecards 117-111, 115-113, 115-113. Referee Mark Nelson nearly stopped the fight after Horn got a lot of damage from Pacquiao. A controversial video went viral on this one over the internet. Horn became the new WBO welterweight world champion in the end that discouraged multitudes of boxing fans. Well, sportsmanship is gone. Boxing is clearly just for entertainment.
Senator Pacquiao or the great boxer Manny Pacquiao quickly gains respect from the public whenever he interpolates in the senate to defend his stand on certain issues. This time, he urges the senate to pass a boxing bill. This is to establish a commission that can focus on boxing and other combat sports since these are dangerous activities. Pacquiao is clearly attesting based on personal experience that Drilon obviously cannot care less because he can’t feel the intense need.
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[VIDEO]: DRILON KINONTRA SI PACQUIAO SA PLANO NITONG BUMUO NG BOXING AGENCY
Drilon on Strengthening GAB
Drilon said that there is no need to create a separate commission. The existing Games and Amusements Board or GAB could be strengthened instead. He is certain that GAB can perform the functions required to safeguard the athletes of these dangerous sports. Drilon claims that he has confidence with commissioner Mitra who heads GAB but he almost cannot remember his name.
The Key is in the Focus
Pacquiao’s English is actually not bad. He can express in straight English but like many people, sometimes the right word cannot be found. His team coaches him with the word “focus” and he continued explaining his stand since many boxers ever since his early days until now are dying because of lack of proper guidance and monitoring through tougher implementations of requirements especially in medical terms.
The Tagalog Switch
It is amazing how Senator Pacquiao easily gets back to his confident self when he switches to Tagalog or Pilipino. Take note that he is a Visayan speaker but he expresses himself well in Tagalog. Pacquiao replied that his bill aims to update reviews and standards of the industry. It can then collect fees and create linkages to foreign boxing agencies. The new agency would implement stricter requirements for boxers to avoid unnecessary deaths.
It is a pity that Senator Drilon cannot understand where Senator Pacquiao is coming from. He suggests that they can provide additional funds. They can also provide them with enough manpower so that the issues can be addressed. Creating a new bureaucracy, just to address boxing mismatches, for example, is not necessary, he explains. This only proves to show that Drilon cannot only understand Pacquiao but also not concerned of those athletes who endangered their lives with the dangerous sports that they play for the country. After all, combat sports need specialized treatments and cannot be mixed with just any sports – 22 at that!