JEFF Horn has beaten Manny Pacquiao again after an independent review of the judges' scorecards declared him the winner a second time.
After Pacquiao and a Philippines Government department protested the unanimous decision in H ORN'S favour at Suncorp StadIum last week, five independent WBO judges reviewed the bout yesterday and again declared Horn the winner of the World Boxing Organisation weltwerweight title.
"In a statement issued from its headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the WBO declared:
"The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial causing disputes amongst fans. For this reason, transparency is so important. The WBO does not have power to reverse the Judges' decision based on discretion as it can only be revoked when fraud or a violation of Law has occurred, which is not relevant in this case.
"Based on this, five (5) anonymous, competent Judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound. Then, the independent results were tabulated to ascertain clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent.
"To determine the winner of each round, 3 out of the 5 officials have to be in agreement.
"Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100%; the 5th round was won by 80%; and the 11th round by 60%. Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100%; rounds 2nd, 4th, and 7th by 80%; and then, the 10th round by 60%. From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won 5 rounds while Horn won 7 rounds.
"The next step of the analysis was to combine the Independent Judges with the Bout Judges to find the percentage agreement by round. Upon doing this analysis, the findings of the Judges stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd and 9th by 100%; the 8th round was won by 87.5%; no rounds were won by 75%; the 5th round by 62.5%; and the 10th and 11th were even rounds.
"On the other hand, the Judges findings stated that Horn won the 1st, 6th, and 12th rounds by 100%; by 87.5%, he won the 4th and the 7th; the 2nd was won by 75%; none were won by 62.5%; and the even rounds were the 10th and the 11th.
"The analytical method utilized was also used in the decision of Algieri- Provodnikov and Paquiao-Bradley. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.
At Suncorp Stadium, official judge, New York's Waleska Roldan scored Horn nine rounds to three, or 117-111 but Chris Flores from Arizona and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina both had Horn winning a close fight seven rounds to five or 115-113.
Horn is tipped to fight Pacquiao again in November at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, although Horn's trainer Glenn Ruston its urging the Filipino to take an easier fight ``maybe Amir Khan - because Jeff will only get stronger.''