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Referee almost stopped fight

BRISBANE, Australia – American referee Mark Nelson walked over to a seemingly dazed and confused and cut Jeff Horn after the end of the ninth round of his bloody brawl with Manny Pacquiao on Sunday and warned the Australian’s corner to do something big so he could reconsider stopping the match.

“I told him to show me something or I will stop the fight,” Nelson, based in Minnesota said.

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, and Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017.  (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, and Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Nelson and the tens of thousands at Suncorp Stadium thought Horn was about to melt away after surviving Pacquiao’ blitz and that the Filipino would pounce on him in the next round and he would have no choice but to step in.

With blood of both Pacquiao and Horn splattering his baby-blue shirt, Nelson likewise made it clear that the two cuts Pacquiao sustained in the sixth and seventh frames were not caused by an intentional headbutt.

“If it’s right here, it’s not (intentional),” Nelson said, pointing to the side of his head.

Nelson said a punch would not open such kind of cut on that part of the head, brushing off claims that Horn was being dirty by using his head.

But, Horn, a 29-year-old former schoolteacher, did try shoving and twisting and wrestling when they were all tied up, something Pacquiao simply could not handle as the Australian was bigger and heavier.

Horn acknowledged this fact, telling the media during the post-fight press conference that his edge in size contributed to his stunning win. (Nick Giongco)

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