Despite entering the fight as an out of sight underdog at +425 against the only eight-division champion in the sport's history, Horn surprised most boxing fans by making it through all 12 rounds against Pacquiao - and then shocked everyone minutes later by being declared the victor.
"Manny Pacquiao is an absolute warrior, a legend of the sport".
"The problem, ladies and gentlemen, is all the people he's beaten have been no-names", Smith said before the fight. So outraged by the judges' scorecards was Atlas that he went truly bonkers in a post-fight rant for the ages.
The loss was the seventh in the storied career of Mr. Pacquiao (59-7-2) and second in his last four fights while Mr.
Some critics slammed it as a hometown decision, saying the statistics had Pacquiao landing twice the number of power punches as Horn.
"My manager deals with Horn's management, and there's a possibility I could fight him if Pacquiao doesn't do the rematch", Van Heerden told Sky Sports.
"I would prefer to come back here to fight in Queensland or Australia, but, look, there is always a chance that the fight could possibly be made in America".
Famous fight promoter Lou Di Bella said, "Three sixth-graders who had never seen a fight before would have been more accurate (scoring the fight)". Minutes later, ringside announcer Michael Buffer crowned Horn as the new title holder - remarkably by a unanimous points decision - and the boxing world was left dumbfounded. Others felt Horn made a monumental mistake by not training in the US and sparring with boxers similar to Pacquiao - even though Czar Amonsot, the WBA Oceania super lightweight, was selected as a sparring partner because he had a similar height and build to the legend.
"Jeff executed beautifully and it just went pretty much how I thought it would go", said Rushton.
Pacquiao's conditioning trainer Justin Fortune said he wants his 38-year-old slugger to take the rematch with Horn in November, and then call it a day. I think I won the fight, a lot of Queenslanders think I won the fight and people around the world.
"I'm gonna have a long talk with him over that, because I think maybe being a senator and being a fighter, both is just maybe too much", added Roach.
Horn, a former high school substitute teacher, was not overawed by the occasion at all. "I can remember some days that I felt that because of the bullying". Horn said, "I don't really get into that type of thing (making anti-LGBTQ statements)".
"You're not supposed to get it for trying hard!"