Manila - Manny Pacquiao says he will "continue to
fight" as the new World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion Jeff
Horn called for a rematch to validate the Australian's stunning victory.
Philippines legend Pacquiao, winner of an unprecedented
eight world titles in different weight divisions, defiantly suggested he was
not ready to hang up his gloves after controversially losing to Horn in
Brisbane on July 2.
"I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I
will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country," the
38-year-old declared on social media.
A bloodied picture of his face accompanied the posts on his
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and appeared to open the way for a
The posts were made Wednesday as Horn was telling reporters
in the United States he was the deserving winner of the bout but that only a
rematch will settle the controversy.
Horn stunned the boxing world with a unanimous 12-round
decision over Pacquiao, a hotly contested result that triggered an outcry in
The WBO moved to quell the controversy by re-scoring the
fight with a different set of judges - who found that Horn won by seven rounds
"I kind of feel it has been put to bed and that I definitely
won the fight because it has been rescored," Horn said in Los Angeles.
"But people are always going to have their opinions and
you're not going to be able to change those. So I guess the only way you're
going to be able to do it is to have a rematch. And I think I would do better a
Pacquiao's camp did not immediately respond on Thursday when
asked about Horn's challenge.
US trainer Freddie Roach advised his boxer to quit a day
after the Filipino's defeat to the unheralded Horn.
But US promoter Bob Arum said he believed Pacquiao would be reluctant
to retire after a loss. The Horn fight contract included an option for a
Arum said any rematch in Australia might be held in
November, with the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne the likeliest venue.
Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent in eight years and
briefly quit boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and
was elected senator.
But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie
Vargas in November before losing to Horn.