Pacquiao loses to Horn

By Truth Esguerra, Correspondent

Filipino boxing legend Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao suffered a stunning controversial defeat to unknown Australian Boxer Jeff "The Hornet" Horn on June 1 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. 

Despite Pacquiao pulverizing Horn and leaving him bloodied, hurt, and nearly knocked out in the 9th round, he was not able to retain his WBO welterweight title after three ring judges gave the controversial nod to his opponent.

Judge Waleska Roldan had 117-111 for Horn, while judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan both scored it 115-113 for the 29 year-old Australian native.

"That's the decision of the judges. I respect that," Pacquiao humbly said about the controversial scoring that did not matchup to the consensus amongst boxing experts and the community. 

DDtCXNmVoAAEebsDespite being the more dominant fighter throughout the majority fight, Pacquiao showed that he was a shell of his former self.

The 38 year-old Philippine Senator lacked his signature explosive combinations he once had during his prime that would have given elite boxers in his weight class trouble.

Instead of unleashing of a plethora of punches from different angles and pushing the action to the younger Horn, Pacquiao focused more setting up traps and counter shots. 

According to Compubox, Horn had a higher volume of punches than the Filipino pugilist. Horn threw 625 punches compared to Pacquiao's 573 punches.

The Australian boxing contender was able to apply awkward pressure throughout the entire fight that kept Pacquiao unbalanced. 

"Jeff Horn is a tough opponent," Pacquiao said in regards to Horn's fighting style. "I didn't expect that he is tough."

Despite being outpunched, Pacquiao remained the better fighter throughout the bout. He landed the cleaner punches. According to Compubox, Pacquiao landed 32% of his punches compared to Horn's 15%.

Regardless of Horn's higher volume of punches, Pacquiao was able to evade and block most of his shots which made Horn's aggression ineffective.

Horn was constantly swinging in desperation against the boxing legend and coming up with little to no-damage.

Pacquiao, being the more efficient fighter, was able to rack up the damage and nearly destroy Horn in the 9th round by viciously landing numerous left hands.

The 9th round was such a defining moment for Pacquiao that multiple boxing experts, such as Teddy Atlas from ESPN awarded the Filipino fighter with a 10-8 score. 

"I tried to knock him out in the 9th round but he survived," Pacquiao said in regards to his best round in the fight. "I thought I was going to win the fight."

Horn admitted Pacquiao hurt him during that round.

"I felt fine in that corner. I wanted to keep going on," the underdog Horn said in regards to being nearly knocked out. "I wasn't really that hurt. I was a little bit buzzed in that round, but I recovered very quickly. He buzzed me a little bit. I felt a little off-balance in that round."

Luckily for the Australian fighter, Pacquiao slowed down in the remaining rounds allowed Horn to recover and get back into the fight.

Despite the favorable effort from Pacquiao, the judges awarded Horn the controversial victory, shocking a majority of boxing experts who scored the fight.

With a rematch clause within the contract, Pacquiao and Horn are slated to fight again in November in Brisbane.

"I'm still here to continue," Pacquiao said in regards to the possible rematch with his Australian counterpart later this year.

Pacquiao's record drops to 59 wins (38 KOs), 7 Losses (3 KOs), and 2 draws.

Horn's record improves to 17 wins (11 KOs) and 1 draw.




Tour de France: No broken bones for Degenkolb after stage 4 crash

Trek-Segafredo rider unable to avoid falling Cavendish in Vittel, Contador ready for Planche des Belles Filles

Photo: John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) checking the damage of the crash

Avoiding the first of two crashes inside the final kilometres of stage 4 at the Tour de France, John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) had nowhere to go when Mark Cavendish fell in front of him with 150 metres to race.

While Peter Sagan was disqualified for his role in the accident and Cavendish left the race with a broken shoulder, Degenkolb escaped with no serious injury.

"Before the big crash from Cavendish, there was one crash before and that's why I was a little in the back. I was just coming back to the front of the lead group for the sprint, and Cav was in front of me, and I couldn’t avoid him by jumping over him," said Degenkolb who had no choice but to ride over the Dimension Data rider.

"I went fully over the handlebars, and I had a pretty bad crash. In the end, luckily, there is nothing broken, no fractures. But still I have a very painful right shoulder, and we will see how it goes tomorrow if I can be on the bike. I will give everything and hope to continue, of course."

Degenkolb was able to remount his bike with teammates Markel Irizar and Koen De Kort accompanying over the line in 157th place, 2:15 minutes after Arnaud Demare had raised his arms in triumph.

Trek-Segafredo's general classification rider Alberto Contador found himself slowed by the crash as he explained he told his teammates that he was correctly anticipating an incident.

"We were super well placed and with about 18 kilometers to go the road widened and then narrowed and had areas of gravel where you didn't know if it was still a road," said Contador. "That's why I told the team to come more behind to maintain a distance of security. The only pity was that in the end, John has fallen in the sprint. I hope he can continue and it's nothing serious because he's a great support for me in the flat."

Contador and Trek-Segafredo will now turn their attention to the stage 5 ascent of La Planche des Belles Filles, a climb Contador is yet to race after missing the 2012 Tour and then crashing out in 2014 before hitting its slopes.

"I could say more [about the climb] if I did not crash in 2014 just before the start of this climb that ended the stage and I had to leave because of my injury," he said. "I think it's a pretty spectacular climb because it's short, but with a lot of slope. It is already beginning to be hot, and in the first mountain stage, there are always surprises. I hope to feel well and depending on how I go, I'll decide the tactics to follow. For now, the important thing is to recover and reach this last climb as fresh as possible."

Looking at his overall rivals, Contador explained he expects three-time Tour winner Chris Froome to make a move and add to his 2012 victory at La Planche des Belles Filles.

"I think if Froome is well he will try to get more differences. He has a very powerful team, they demonstrated this in the time trial, and he is a rider who always likes to make differences in the first mountain stage. If he has strength, he will try something for sure," he said.

Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France

World champion sent home after causing crash in stage 4 sprint

Photo: Stage 3 winner Peter Sagan (Boha-Hansgrohe) (Getty Images)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has been disqualified from the 2017 Tour de France. The World Champion was sent home after causing a crash on stage 4 in Vittel. The race jury announced the news at a hastily arranged press conference in the media centre, more than an hour after the stage had finished.

Sagan had finished second on the stage but connected with Mark Cavendish in the sprint for the line. He was initially docked 30 seconds and 80 points in the Green Jersey competition. However, upon further video analysis, the jury announced the new decision to the media.

To see how the crash happened, click here to see a gallery of images from the finish.

"We've decided to disqualify Peter Sagan from the Tour de France 2017 after the tumultuous sprint, here in Vittel. He endangered multiple riders, Mark Cavendish and others who were implicated in the crash, in the final meters of the sprint," an official from the race jury announced.

"We applied article 12.104, irregular sprints, in which case commissaires are allowed to enforce a judgement to disqualify a rider and amend a fine."

The stage was won by Arnaud Démare but the crash – the second within the final couple of kilometres drew most attention. Cavendish attempted to come through on Sagan’s right, close to the barriers. Sagan then moved his right elbow out, causing the Dimension Data to move off his line and into the barriers at high speed.

As Cavendish lay on the ground, he was then hit John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Ben Swift (UAE Emirates) who also fell in the incident.

After the finish Sagan quickly rode towards the Dimension Data bus where he apologised for causing the crash.

Cavendish was taken to hospital after the crash and it was revealed that he has suffered no breaks or fractures. However it is unclear as to whether he will start stage 5 on Wednesday.

"I get on with Peter well," he said before being taken away for check-ups.

"But if he came across that’s one thing, but the elbow, I'm not a fan of him putting his elbow in me like that. Like I said, I get on with Peter, a crash is a crash but I just need to know about the elbow really."

Click here for LIVE COVERAGE of the 2017 Tour de France

Denied of Grand Slam in the past, Yancy De Ocampo hopes to finally win one with SMB

By Rey Joble, InterAksyon

Photo: Yancy De Ocampo may be a reserve but among San Miguel Beermen players, he has the most extensive championship experience.

De Ocampo is an owner of nine titles, the second most among active players. He even came close to winning the Grand Slam three years ago.

The 2002 PBA top draft pick was part of the San Mig Coffee squad which won three straight championships in the 2013 Governors Cup, 2014 Philippine Cup and 2014 Commissioner’s Cup.

But he was traded midway through the 2014 Governors’ Cup which the Mixers also topped to complete their Grand Slam run.

“Pagka-opening halos ng tournament, na-trade ako. Bale nakakailang game pa lang, na-trade ako sa GlobalPort,” De Ocampo shared to InterAksyon.

But as fate would have it, the 6’9″ center is on the verge of finally winning the Grand Slam with the Beermen.

He has only played limited minutes during the Commissioner’s Cup finals, serving as a backup of three-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo. But he doesn’t mind his role as long as he can contribute.

“Whatever it takes, gagawin naming lahat para makuha yun,” De Ocampo said.

“Lagi akong nasa bench eh. Kung ano yung mashi-share ko sa mga players na naglalaro, mga little things, motivation, sinasabi ko sa kanila. Nakikinig naman sila. Gumagaan pakiramdam ko kung yung teammates mo may respeto sa iyo.”

Horn’s controversial win upsets Pacquiao and his fans

Philippine Daily Inquirer 

Photo: Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines watches Jeff Horn of Australia falls on the mat during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Millions of boxing fans in the Philippines, including those displaced by fighting in Marawi City, walked away in stunned disbelief as hero Manny Pacquiao lost his world title to Australian Jeff Horn in a major upset on Sunday.

Pacquiao, 38, is an elected senator and a unifying figure in the country beset by conflict, grinding poverty, and frequent natural calamities.

Residents in the war-torn city of Marawi had hoped for a respite by watching the 12-round fight in displacement camps but their idol’s defeat silenced cheers and prompted many to stand up even before the announcement was over.

‘You can’t always win’
“We were expecting his hand to be raised as a winner but you cannot always win,” provincial government spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong said after helping organize a public viewing of the fight in a social hall in Marawi.

“Our morale is at its lowest but Pacquiao remains a symbol of resilience. In the same way that he is already a boxing icon, this crisis does not define who we are,” she added.

Islamist militants who went on a rampage in Marawi on May 23 have triggered intense fighting that has killed more than 400 people and forced nearly 400,000 people to flee their homes.

As the “Battle of Brisbane” was under way, military helicopters continued bombing runs against the militants’ positions.

Marawi evacuees cheer for Pacquiao in bout vs HornNews
In Manila, soldiers wounded from the clashes in Marawi watched a bloodied Pacquiao from screens set up in a military hospital.

Pacquiao bled profusely from cuts to the head high above both eyes, prompting boos from crowds gathered in gymnasiums in the capital.

“Pacquiao lost, but a battle is really like that. He is a true soldier because even if he is wounded he keeps attacking the opponent,” Gen. Eduardo Año, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff, told reporters.

Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story, from high school dropout to millionaire world boxing champion in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, is a huge source of pride in the Philippines.

PH tradition
In keeping with tradition, many Filipinos watched Pacquiao’s fight in public places, including in restaurants and watering holes.

But crowds have gradually become thinner as Pacquiao hits the twilight of a glittering career.

“Horn almost fell in the ninth round. But of course it was a hometown decision,” said Gener Celis, who was among some 300 residents who packed community center in Makati City.

Close fight
“Pacquiao is getting old but he can still deliver. It was a close fight. No hurt feelings but I’m ranting against Horn’s fighting style, hug technique,” Dexter Bernardez said.

The police reported a peaceful Metro Manila during the bout.

“From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. of July 2, all district tactical operation centers reported no significant incident within their area of responsibility,” Police Director Oscar Albayalde said in a text message. —With reports from Richel V. Umel, Jeffrey Matiem, Erika Sauler, and AFP


Roach says Manny was short-changed

By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star)


Photo: Pacquiao and Roach in the dugout after the fight. Joaquin Henson

BRISBANE – Hall of Fame boxing coach Freddie Roach said Manny Pacquiao was short-changed by the judges and referee Mark Nelson failed to keep order in the ring as Jeff Horn brawled his way to a unanimous 12-round decision in wresting the WBO welterweight crown at the Suncorp Stadium here yesterday.

Roach was particularly critical of judges Waleska Roldan, Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan who scored the ninth round, 10-9 for Pacquiao despite dominating Horn and nearly prompting a stoppage. Roach said that should’ve been 10-8 even without a knockdown. The beating that Pacquiao administered was so severe that Nelson told Horn before the start of the next round, he would stop the fight unless the Australian showed signs of recovery.

Roach said “something’s wrong” when in nearly every round, Horn clamped a headlock on Pacquiao when they got close without receiving a single warning. He also wondered why Nelson never reprimanded Horn for elbowing, hitting during the break and brushing the back side of his glove on Pacquiao’s face. Under the rules, a fighter who resorts to dirty tricks is warned or slapped a point deduction or even disqualified for malicious intent with dire consequence. Pacquiao was butted twice on both sides of his head, spewing crimson that smeared his face.

Despite Horn’s roughhousing tactics, he was never warned, much less given a deduction. Roach said Nelson had no control of the fight. Horn’s strategy was to closet Pacquiao and restrict his movement so he wouldn’t be able to use his speed and lateral movement. If Horn was restrained by Nelson as he should’ve been, Pacquiao would’ve had an easy time picking his shots.

Roach said it’s hard to score a fight from the corner. “I’m too close to what’s happening so I don’t get a wide view of the action but I think Manny won the fight by two or three rounds,” he said. “Give credit to Horn for being a durable fighter. He did what he had to do to try to win. Horn came to fight and why not? It was his big chance to win the world title in front of his countrymen.”

Roach said after Pacquiao almost knocked out Horn in the ninth, he asked for another dominant round to seal it. “I told Manny to use distance and combinations,” he said. “In the ninth, he rocked Horn with combinations. You won’t take him out with one punch. I wanted another round like that. Somehow, Manny couldn’t do it again. I don’t think he ran out of gas. It’s just that the other guy wouldn’t slow down.”

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Pacquiao’s conditioning coach Justin Fortune called Nelson an “idiot” for not doing his job. “I don’t even know who he is and where those judges came from,” he said. “I knew it would be tough winning in Australia over an Australian. You’ve got to beat the hell of a guy to win. I thought Manny won the fight but I would’ve been happy with a draw.”

Fortune, who is Australian, said he’ll fly to Los Angeles today to be with his wife Tamara who expects to deliver twins on Aug. 4 and he can’t wait. They’ve been together for five years. “Our first kids,” he said. “I’ll fly my mum over from Australia when Tamara gives birth.”

As for Roach, he’s also headed back to Los Angeles today. Initially, Roach planned to fly to Los Angeles then relieve chief assistant Marvin Somodio in working WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev’s title defense against Australian Mark Flanagan in Ekaterinburg, Russia, this weekend. Roach said Somodio will stay with Lebedev for the fight while he starts training Miguel Cotto who reports to the Wild Card Gym today for his first day of camp. Cotto is getting ready to face Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamega for the vacant WBO superwelterweight belt at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California, on Aug. 26. Roach said he assigned one of his trainers Ernie Zavala to take care of Cotto while he’s in transit.

Roach said he’ll sit down with Pacquiao soon, review the fight with Horn then decide whether or not to continue boxing. “Retiring is an option,” he said. “It will depend on how we review the fight. If Manny decides to do a rematch, we’ll do it. Maybe, in a place like New Zealand. Now that Manny’s in the Senate, the work is more demanding and he’s very hands-on. The work he’s doing is very important not just to him but also to the country. If he decides to continue fighting, he’ll need to free up some time for his training.”

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