The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has backed the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao welterweight title fight decision after a review by five independent judges.
The Battle of Brisbane caused controversy, with a backlash towards the decision claiming that Pacquiao should have won.
The three judges on the day scored the fight evenly, with 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 in Horn's favour.
The WBO have now released their results of a re-score, with five judges watching the bout without sound independently and scoring it seven rounds to five in Horn’s favour.
“The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial causing disputes amongst fans. For this reason, transparency is so important,” the WBO statement read.
“The independent results were tabulated to ascertain clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100%.
“To determine the winner of each round, 3 out of the 5 officials have to be in agreement.
“Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100%; the 5th round was won by 80%; and the 11th round by 60%. Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100%; rounds 2nd, 4th, and 7th by 80%; and then, the 10th round by 60%.
“From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won 5 rounds while Horn won 7 rounds.
“The next step of the analysis was to combine the Independent Judges with the Bout Judges to find the percentage agreement by round.
“Upon doing this analysis, the findings of the Judges stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd and 9th by 100%; the 8th round was won by 87.5%; no rounds were won by 75%; the 5th round by 62.5%; and the 10th and 11th were even rounds.
“On the other hand, the Judges findings stated that Horn won the 1st, 6th, and 12th rounds by 100%; by 87.5%, he won the 4th and the 7th; the 2nd was won by 75%; none were won by 62.5%; and the even rounds were the 10th and the 11th.
“The analytical method utilized was also used in the decision of Algieri-Provodnikov and Paquiao-Bradley. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”