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…despite defeat by Jeff Horn
Manny Pacquiao was given a hero’s welcome back to Philippines following his defeat by Jeff Horn – but long-time trainer Freddie Roach believes the time has come for the 38-year-old to hang up his gloves.
Horn produced one of the biggest upsets in recent memory to wrestle the WBO world welterweight title off Pacquiao on Saturday, in a fight dubbed the ‘Battle of Brisbane’.
The eight-weight world champion returned home to his children on Monday after being given a military salute on his arrival at the airport in General Santos.
The eight-weight world champion had hoped a convincing victory over the unheralded Australian would put him in line for a rematch with rival Floyd Mayweather.
But Horn was awarded a contentious unanimous decision as the Filipino suffered the seventh defeat of an illustrious 68-fight career. And Roach, who has worked with Pacquiao since he moved to America in 2001, admitted that the time may have come for his charge to hang up his gloves
‘I’m going to talk to Manny about maybe calling it a day. Maybe this is it,’ Roach said.
Pacquiao suggested immediately after the fight, however, that he would fight on and exercise his right to a rematch.
Roach has asked for an investigation into the scoring of judge Waleska Roldan, whose scorecard of 117-111 to Horn drew ridicule from many observers.
The other two judges scored the fight 115-113 in Horn’s favour and the Australian has dismissed suggestions he didn’t deserve the victory.
‘There’s always going to be the backlash where people are going to say I lucky, or whatever,’ Horn said on Monday.
‘There’s always naysayers saying I didn’t win the fight. I think I won the fight, a lot of Queenslanders think I won the fight and people around the world. So you will always have the select few that are against you.’