No reason to cry for Manny Pacquiao after loss

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Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines and Jeff Horn, left, of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017.

"Spectacular, it feels like a dream come true", Horn said.

Local hero Horn started the Battle of Brisbane bout strongly with a dominant opening two rounds, but the Filipino star fought back in ominous fashion, nearly ending it in a brutal ninth round where he made Horn his personal punching bag.

Father Jeff senior says Horn finished the fight much stronger than Pacquiao.

For what it's worth, I thought Pacquiao had edged a tight contest, while my colleagues at ESPN Teddy Atlas, Dan Rafael and Stephen A. Smith stood more firmly in the Filipino's corner.

Some critics slammed it as a hometown decision, saying the statistics had Pacquiao landing twice the number of power punches as Horn.

"It was hard, hard getting through that round, hard getting hit, getting caught with a shot and then continue on", Horn said.

"Nothing will change: Senator Manny Pacquiao will remain our People's Champ", Abella said.

The veteran had bounced back from his defeat to Floyd Mayweather in 2015 by overcoming Tim Bradley in their rubber match and comfortably beating Jessie Vargas to become a world champion once more. The bullying nearly drove Horn to suicide.

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"It's 1000 per cent up to Manny whether he wants to fight again".

The battered and bruised Horn is excited by the prospect of a rematch with Pacquiao.

However, Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, was less than impressed with the officials.

"In that ninth round, I was like "I don't know if I can handle any more of these rounds" but then he came back and he was just like a different person, it was just fantastic", she said.

"I wouldn't envision myself running around to state governments of NSW and Victoria to do boxing events with Jeff Horn simply because our friends are up here in Queensland and it's a much better fit". Horn roughed him up all afternoon, using his bigger size to throw the smaller fighter around the ring and bully him on the ropes.

The people at ESPN who signed a deal with promoter Bob Arum for a series of Saturday night fights weren't crying foul afterward. "I don't go there and teach but I still go to the schools and I know the kids will be proud of what I have done".

Pacquiao said he would "absolutely" return for a contracted rematch against Horn.

"I didn't see a lot there".

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