Jeff Horn upsets Manny Pacquiao in controversial decision

Australia's Jeff Horn stunned Filipino Manny Pacquiao in a bloody battle to claim a unanimous 12-round decision and win the WBO world welterweight title in front of 50,000 fans on Sunday.

"The Battle of Brisbane" was supposed to be a walkover for Manny Pacquiao, a potential tune-up for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, but Jeff Horn — and the judges — had another idea.

Horn came out swinging, literally, and announced his presence with authority. But after going toe to toe with Pacquiao for eight rounds, he got battered, bruised, and bloodied in the ninth round and seemed to lose all momentum towards the end of the fight.

Just when it looked like Pacquiao was going to win an easy decision, the judges took over and gave the hometown fighter the nod.

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CORRECTION - Jeff Horn of Australia fights Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during the World Boxing Organization boat at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Patrick HAMILTON has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [July 2] instead of [July 1]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines punches Jeff Horn of Australia during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines punches Jeff Horn of Australia during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines punches Jeff Horn of Australia during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines punches Jeff Horn of Australia during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Jeff Horn of Australia exchange punches during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, QLD - JULY 02: Manny Pacquiao lands a punch on Jeff Horn during the WBO Welterweight Title Fight between Jeff Horn of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
CORRECTION - Manny Pacquiao (R) of the Philippines fights Jeff Horn (L) of Australia during the World Boxing Organization boat at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Patrick HAMILTON has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [July 2] instead of [July 1]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - CORRECTION - Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines fight Jeff Horn (R) of Australia during the World Boxing Organization boat at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Patrick HAMILTON has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [July 2] instead of [July 1]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)
CORRECTION - Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines fight Jeff Horn (R) of Australia during the World Boxing Organization boat at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Patrick HAMILTON has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [July 2] instead of [July 1]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Jeff Horn of Australia punches Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Crowds watch the box fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Australia's Jeff Horn during the WBO World Welterweight Title, at the public park in Marikina city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 2, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao
Jeff Horn of Australia reacts after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their World Boxing Organisation welterweight boxing match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 2, 2017. Former schoolteacher Jeff Horn stunned world champion Manny Pacquiao to win the World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown with a unanimous points decision in Brisbane on July 2. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Jeff Horn celebrates victory after winning the WBO Welterweight Title Fight between Jeff Horn of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Crowds watch the box fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Australia's Jeff Horn during the WBO World Welterweight Title, at the public park in Marikina city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 2, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Jeff Horn of Australia punches Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
CORRECTION - 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 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Patrick HAMILTON / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Patrick HAMILTON has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [July 2] instead of [July 1]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Just listen to the shock in the announcers voices as Horn is announced as the winner.

Horn was clearly in the fight early on, as Pacquiao was bloodied early on. But then came the ninth round and Horn barely got out of it alive.

In fact, the referee warned Horn after the round that he was inclined to call the fight, telling Horn, "I think you've had enough."

But Horn stayed in the fight and hung around long enough to get the home-town decision.

In the end, if there was any doubt about who actually won the fight, here is Stephen A. Smith, on how Pacquiao was robbed.

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