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.

 

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/SamuelLJackson/status/881376914044182529

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/LennoxLewis/status/881378494277660673

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/SInow/status/881378572585357312

The Top 3 Tweets of the event reflected the same sentiment.

 

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/kobebryant/status/881377624546713600

 

Embeddable Tweet:https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/881378111262269440

Embeddable Tweet:https://twitter.com/KarlTowns/status/881377422695739392

Despite the loss, the senator/professional boxer displayed nothing but good sportsmanship endearing him more to his supporters.

 

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/Kushothelioma/status/881379559895158785

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/paulalsd/status/881391004615454720

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.

 

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/ame_hess/status/881378744127987712

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/jayb0ojayb0o/status/881382208874795008

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.

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/puraanigali/status/881378760754438144

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/Parmvirrr/status/881379080645619712

 

Embeddable Tweet: https://twitter.com/migsbustos/status/881376920918675456

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