WBO grants request for review of Pacquiao-Horn fight but insists controversial result stands
"We are making this request for a review, which may call for sanctions on the referee and judges if so warranted," said WBO president Francisco Valcarcel. Wendell Alinea/OSMP

YES to review but no to reversal.

Yielding to the wish of the majority, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) on Friday agreed for a review of the disputed Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn title fight in a bid to give boxing fans 'certainty of who was the winner of the bout.'

WBO president Francisco Valcarcel made the order in reply to the letter sent by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) requesting for such move in the light of the controversy that hounded the outcome of the match won by the 29-year-old Horn via unanimous decision in Brisbane, Australia last week.

But Valcarcel made it clear the action is being taken not to necessarily reverse the result of the welterweight title bout witnessed by a record crowd of 51,052 at the Suncorp Stadium.

"We are making this request for a review, which may call for sanctions on the referee and judges if so warranted, in furtherance of our mutual goal of protecting the integrity of the sport and even more, improving the boxing industry thay we love," part of Valcarcel's reply to GAB stated.

"We must make it clear that an Official's discretion, whether judge or referee, is irrevocable," the boxing official from Puerto Rico, however, stressed.

The WBO will appoint five anonymous judges from different countries to watch the fight  and then tabulate the results to ascertain clearly which rounds Pacquiao and Horn 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," part of the letter said.

The review will be made without the benefit of an audio from the live broadcast of the bout.

The WBO did a similar case in 2012 when it also reviewed the welterweight title bout between Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. which the American won behind a controversial split decision.

Pacquiao was found the unanimous winner by the five judges who were tasked to review the bout, although the outcome wasn't reversed. But it did lead to a rematch between the two fighters in 2014 in which the Filipino regained his WBO title belt after scoring a unanimous decision win.

The WBO also clarified that it has no jurisiction to revoke any decision as the responsibility falls on the Australian National Boxing Federation.

Valcarcel also urged the GAB to provide any evidence indicating fraud or violation of law so the WBO and Australian National Boxing Commission can act on it.

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But he did assert the competency of all officials involved in the fight.

"I assure you that the officials who participated in this fight are all professionals, distinguished, honest, and honorable  human beings," said the WBO president. 

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