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Pacquiao wins in stats, but loses on scorecards

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, lands a left, to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. | AP/Tertius Pickard

BRISBANE, Australia – Manny Pacquiao may have lost his WBO welterweight title fight to Jeff Horn in the eyes of the judges at the Suncorp on Sunday, but the numbers tell a different story.

According to CompuBox, which tallies punches in boxing fights, Pacquiao was the more accurate hitter,  landing 182 of the 573 total punches he threw for a connect rate of 32 percent.

While Horn was the busier fighter, he was less effective, with only 92 of his 625 punches finding their mark for a 15 percent rate.

That translates to Pacquiao hitting Horn with twice the number of punches the Australian landed on the Filipino icon during their 12-round duel.

Pacquiao was likewise the better jabber, with 59 of 193 jabs landing (31 percent), while Horn connecting on only 19 of 197 (10 percent).

READ: Punch stats: Pacquiao landed more blows

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In the power punching department, Pacquiao again bested Horn, going 123-of-380 for a 32 percent rate. The Australian, for his part, landed only 73 of 438 power blows.

The discrepancy in punches definitely showed on Horn’s battle-scarred face.

But it did not matter as Pacquiao failed to get the nod of the three judges, who awarded the fight to Horn, 117-111 and 115-113 (twice).

For Horn, that’s all that matters, and the former school teacher—now world champion—stayed unbeaten with his 17th win in 18 fights (11 KOs, with 1 draw).

Pacquiao, for his part, can live with the result.

“That's the decision of the judges, I respect that,” he said in the ring after their fight.

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