PH sports regulatory body wants Pacquiao-Horn bout probed for ‘possible errors’

The government agency tasked to regulate professional sports involving Filipino athletes said it has written a formal complaint addressed to the World Boxing Organization seeking an investigation into alleged officiating mistakes committed during the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn world-title fight in Brisbane, Australia on Sunday.

Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title to Horn via unanimous decision, a result that drew widespread backlash.

 Two judges — Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan — scored the bout 115-113, while Waleska Roldan had it 117-111, a total that caused social media to blow up.

Abraham Mitra, chairman of the Games and Amusement Board, said his office has reached out to WBO officials.

“We would like to echo the stand of many boxing followers on the possible errors of the referee and the judges who officiated the fight,” the GAB letter said.

“While we respect the decision, we are constrained to request for a thorough review by the WBO to identify possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity.”

The GAB said it didn’t seek a reversal of the outcome, only a report listing errors by fight officials. If found guilty, however, they should be sanctioned, the government agency said.

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