Twitter Rages as Horn Beats Pacquiao in One of Boxing's Great Shocks

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Jeff Horn of Australia exchange punches during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Twitter exploded Sunday morning after Jeff Horn claimed a unanimous but controversial shock win over boxing legend Manny Pacquiao in the WBO welterweight championship in Brisbane, Australia.

Many were shocked that Pacquiao did not beat Australian Horn, after landing several solid counter blows throughout the fight.

Although the Australian started stronger, he faded as the match progressed, with Pacquiao fighting back with a brilliant counter-attack in the ninth round.

But all three judges proclaimed Horn, 29, the new WBO welterweight champion, with the scorecards reading 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.

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As soon as the verdict was announced, boxing fans and athletes from around the world took to Twitter to vent their frustration, with the most damning verdict from former World Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

There was also criticism from U.S. sports stars and commentators.

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Not to mention bemusement from boxing fans:

Pacquiao did not dispute the result.

"That's the decision of the judges. I respect that," said the 38-year-old Filipino and eight-weight world champion, who has now lost four of his last nine fights.

Horn has won 17 and drawn one of his 18 bouts.

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