The world has a new WBO Welterweight champion. 29-year-old Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (@jeffhornboxer) beat 38-year-old Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) in a 12-round bout that took place in the 52,500-seat capacity Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Twitter once again captured the historic sporting event who went the distance and generated over 500,000 Tweets (9 am PHT, 2 July – 12 pm PHT, 3 July). The peak of conversation on Twitter occurred on 1.30 pm PHT with 3,300 Tweets per minute when @jeffhornboxer was announced as the new champ.
The global event triggered conversations on Twitter, mainly because of the bout results. The judges’ unanimous decision declaring Horn as the winner did not sit well with celebrities and sports personalities alike. From Hollywood actor Samuel Jackson to the boxing champion Lennox Lewis, many shared their dismay on Twitter.
Uhhhhhhh, can U Say Bullshit??!!Manny got Fucked!!! That’s the Face of a Winner??!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/SamuelLJackson/status/881376914044182529
This is what’s wrong with boxing. Horn was very game but I’m hard pressed to see how he could have won that fight by any stretch! #PacHorn
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/LennoxLewis/status/881378494277660673
Teddy Atlas is none too pleased with the decision pic.twitter.com/CQKtQPHImv
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/SInow/status/881378572585357312
The Top 3 Tweets of the event reflected the same sentiment.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/kobebryant/status/881377624546713600
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 2, 2017
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) July 2, 2017
Despite the loss, the senator/professional boxer displayed nothing but good sportsmanship endearing him more to his supporters.
— Israel Flores (@Kushothelioma) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/Kushothelioma/status/881379559895158785
— Paula Louise (@paulalsd) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/paulalsd/status/881391004615454720
— BASTE (@BaebyBaste) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/BaebyBaste/status/881381378818011136
The unanimous decision against the Filipino boxer shook the boxing community – who turned to Twitter once again to express their reaction through humor.
— amess (@ame_hess) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/ame_hess/status/881378744127987712
Them: And the new welterweight champion of the world…
— Jason (@jayb0ojayb0o) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/jayb0ojayb0o/status/881382208874795008
— ?Jasmine??? (@XOXOJasmiiine) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/XOXOJasmiiine/status/881381463098183681
Despite the uproar, the The Hornet’s supporters were not dissuaded from enjoying the moment who came together to express their excitement on the Aussie’s victory.
— Gaurav Kumar (@puraanigali) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/puraanigali/status/881378760754438144
Pacquio is a legend, but in that fight he was poor, it shows his age has catched up to him, congrats to Jeff Horn???? #PacquiaoHorn
— ParmvirMattu (@Parmvirrr) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/Parmvirrr/status/881379080645619712
Judges scored it: 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 — via unanimous decision. Jeff Horn is NEW WBO Welterweight Champ!?
— Migs Bustos (@migsbustos) July 2, 2017
Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/migsbustos/status/881376920918675456
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