Shock and disappointment permeated social media on Saturday night as all three judges awarded Jeff Horn of Australia a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in the WBO world welterweight title bout held in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane.
Several professional athletes from different sports took to Twitter to express their negative reactions to judge Waleska Roldan’s 117-111 card, as well as the identical 115-113 cards of judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan.
Kobe Bryant, Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan were among the NBA stars to voice displeasure.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 2, 2017
Them judges wasn’t judging…
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) July 2, 2017
Boxing has real issues man … That’s not right
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 2, 2017
Disrespected @mannypacquiao like he not a legend. #PacquiaoHorn
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) July 2, 2017
So the ref almost stops fight in round 9. Pacquiao lands 32% of his punches to Horn’s 15% but somehow Horn gets the unanimous decision? ??
— Mike Miller (@MikeMiller_13) July 2, 2017
Boxing is wack!!!! Pac-man got robbed again…This is why MMA is so big now..SMH
— Chauncey Billups (@1MrBigShot) July 2, 2017
NFL stars were equally as dismayed, including Aaron Rodgers and Doug Baldwin.
Boxing is a joke, and it proves it again tonight. Are you kidding me with those scorecards?#joke #rigged
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) July 2, 2017
Lmao- Boxing is the greatest worst sport on the planet.
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) July 2, 2017
They tried PAC!
— Lamar Miller (@millertime_6) July 2, 2017
What the hell manny definitely won that fight
— Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33) July 2, 2017
Whoa!! What in the world pic.twitter.com/1FS5o4Rdd2
— Justin Forsett (@JForsett) July 2, 2017
Horn didn’t win that fight at ALL smh
— Kevin White (@mrkevinwhite) July 2, 2017
Yo he lost how scripted is that u had a thank you letter ready. PAC man was robbed
— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) July 2, 2017
Even former boxing champion Lennox Lewis chimed in on Twitter.
Wow! PAC loses by UD? One judge had it 117-111? ? Wasn’t the fight that I saw!
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) July 2, 2017
ESPN scored the fight 117-111 in favor of Pacquiao. ESPN ringside analyst Teddy Atlas also thought Pacquiao was victorious, by a 116-111 margin.
— Nick Ostiller