MANILA, Philippines – Freshly defeated Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday, July 5, urged the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to act on a protest letter sent by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), the Philippines’ regulatory body for boxing.
GAB promptly lodged a protest with the WBO following Pacquiao’s loss to Australian Jeff Horn on Sunday, July 2.
In a statement, Pacquiao supported the protest and noted that “unfair decision and officiating” will tarnish the sport of boxing.
“WBO should take appropriate action on the letter sent by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing,” he said.
“On my part, I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter, I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth, and fairness in the eyes of the public.”
“I love boxing and I don’t wanna see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” he added.
It was Pacquiao’s first setback since his 2015 loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Horn, on the other hand, claimed his first title. (RELATED: ‘Your wife is a pig’: Commenters bash Jeff Horn, pregnant wife on social media) – Rappler.com