WBO agrees to review of Pacquiao-Horn bout; won't reverse decision

    Manny Pacquiao (R) of the Philippines fight Jeff Horn (L) of Australia during the World Boxing Organization boat at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 1, 2017.

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    • WBO agrees to request to review Sunday's title fight in Brisbane
    • Decision to award Aussie fighter Horn the win can't be repealed, however

    (CNN)The boxing body responsible for Sunday's upset bout, which saw welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao lose his belt to underdog challenger Jeff Horn, will review the fight, it said Thursday.

    The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has agreed to review the officiating of Sunday's welterweight title fight in Brisbane after cries of protest from boxing fans and industry figures, and a formal request from the Philippines' Games and Amusement Board (GAB) -- a request backed by the losing fighter.
      In a letter addressed to the GAB, the WBO agreed that it would appoint a review panel to watch the bout, round-by-round.
        "We will appoint five (5) anonymous competent Judges from different countries to watch the bout without sound distraction," the letter said.
        "Then, we will tabulate the results to ascertain clearly which rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent. This means that 3 of the 5 officials have to agree to determine which fighter won the round."
        The WBO has repeatedly said that it doesn't have the power to reverse the decision of the three judges, who unanimously awarded the fight to Horn, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113.
        It does, however, state that the fight had a rematch clause in the contract, teasing the possibility that the two boxers may meet again, giving Pacquiao a chance for redemption.
        The methodology was reproduced in a Facebook post on the WBO's page.
        In his statement, Pacquiao said he accepted the decision "but as a leader and (a) fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public."
        The GAB's letter said it also that it did not contest the result.
        "I love boxing and I don't wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating," added Pacquiao.