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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Pacquiao Vs Horn

The fact is, Pacquiao is an aging fighter who has been in too many ring wars. Time catches up with all fighters, and it looked for long stretches in Sunday's fight like it finally caught up with him.

In the first fight of the televised card, middleweight Shane Mosley Jr. suffered his second career loss, falling to the (still) undefeated David Toussaint. Mosley is the son of legendary boxer Sugar Shane Mosley, but he now has two losses in his short career. One judge saw it his way on Saturday, as Toussaint took a split decision, but the fight really wasn’t that close. Toussaint faded late and Mosley capitalized, but was unable to score a stoppage and was too far back on the judges’ scorecards.

The second televised bout saw Irish prospect Michael Conlan in his third professional fight and with it, his third professional win. Conlan was an amateur boxing sensation and on Saturday, he looked as professional as it gets en route to a third-round TKO of Jarrett Owen in featherweight competition.

Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn combined for a 12-round war on Saturday, but in the end the fight ended with a controversial decision win for the hometown boy, Horn. The judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 for Horn, but many had Pacquiao winning the fight.

Pacquiao was heavily favored going into the bout. Horn came into the fight as an undefeated prospect who had never fought anybody at Pacquiao’s level. Pacquiao, though no longer in his prime, was expected to pick Horn apart and score an easy points win.

That’s not exactly what happened. Horn displayed his youth and superior strength early, consistently rushing Pacquiao down and bullying him into the corner or against the ropes. But in these exchanges, Pacquiao was swimming and dodging all the serious shots from Horn and eventually started to put together combos of his own. When Horn slowed down, Pacquiao responded with his signature crisp combos and he opened up a cut that was swelling big time in the later rounds.

It seems like just about everybody on Twitter had some sort of reaction to the controversial Pacquiao-Horn decision, and nobody took the judges’ sides.

Pacquiao also had a couple cuts on his own head, but they weren’t near the eye, so he was good to go. Horn definitely took some of the earlier rounds, and showed signs of life in the 11th round, but Pacquiao put together a couple potential 10-8 rounds in the latter half of the fight. Horn really fought back in the latter two rounds, but most thought Pacquiao did enough to win it.

Pacquiao came into this fight with two wins since his last loss, to Floyd Mayweather, and now will go back to the drawing board again.

Jerwin Ancajas and Teiru Kinoshita faced off in the co-feature on the card, and it was a great fight. Well, it was for a little bit, until Ancajas opened up a cut above Kinoshita’s right eye. From there, Ancajas punished that spot and the swelling became too much. In the seventh round, Ancajas landed a brutal body shot that put Kinoshita on the mat. Kinoshita took his time getting up, and by then his right eye was essentially completely closed. The referee stopped the fight there, giving Ancajas a TKO victory.

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