Horn: Atlas was trying to ruin the moment for me

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn thought ESPN announcer Teddy Atlas lacked class over comments he made to him after his unanimous points victory 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 over Manny Pacquiao. “They gave a trophy, a win, a huge win to Horn, the local kid for trying hard,” Atlas said. “You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard, you’re supposed to get it for winning!”

“Congratulations, great effort, but I thought you lost,” Atlas told Horn as Pacquiao, standing alongside them, cracked a wide smile.

Horn believes Atlas was lacking class. “Everyone has a right to their opinion. The timing of their opinions can be a bit off sometimes. He was trying to ruin the moment for me at that point. It would have been good for him to say it another time. Say what you want Teddy,” Horn commented.

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