Brisbane - Newly-crowned world welterweight champion Jeff
Horn on Thursday brushed aside boxing legend Manny Pacquiao's call for a review
of his controversial defeat and threw down the gauntlet for a rematch.
Thousands joined a ticker-tape parade in Brisbane in honour
of the former school teacher, who said he doubted if Pacquiao had personally
backed a call to review the outcome of last Sunday's title bout.
"I don't actually believe that would be Pacquiao
actually even saying that himself," the Australian told Channel Nine.
"Maybe it is his team around him. But Pacquiao seemed
very humble in the way that he lost and thought the decision was correct.
"I am ready for a rematch. If he wants to come back and
do it again, we will do it. That's up to him, he's got the option," Horn
Written off by most observers, the 29-year-old stunned the
Filipino legend with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round
The result has been widely questioned, with many believing
Pacquiao should have won.
The 38-year-old Filipino champion Wednesday backed a formal
request by the Philippines' Games and Amusement Board for the World Boxing
Organisation to review the decision.
"I love boxing and I don't wanna see it dying because
of unfair decision and officiating," he said in a statement issued by his
"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."
In the twilight of a 22-year pro career in which he won
world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, Pacquiao had initially
called for a rematch, but later said he would also "think hard" about
In Brisbane, with chants of "Hornet! Hornet!"
ringing out, the Australian boxer was handed the keys to the city and told
thousands of supporters he was ready for the next challenge.
"Thank you all for turning up and supporting me and my
dreams and, as you can see, you never give up.
"I went through a tough round nine, pushed hard through
and we got there" he told the crowd. "We got that World
There was no doubting the fight's outcome among fans who
came out to greet their hometown hero.
"(It was) an absolutely amazing performance. He (Horn)
definitely, definitely, definitely won," one supporter told Sky News.