It was the fight that enthralled the nation, but not everybody was happy with the result.

Australian Jeff Horn won against defending boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, leaving the sporting world divided. 

Controversial boxing legend Anthony Mundine  declared Horn had ‘manifested his dream into reality’, and Sports Sunday presenter Emma Freedman called Horn’s performance ‘extraordinary’. 

But ESPN personality Stephen A Smith called Horn’s win ‘highway robbery’ in his analysis following the fight.   

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Controversial boxing legend Anthony Mundine said Horn was an inspiration to Australian boxing in a delighted Facebook post

Controversial boxing legend Anthony Mundine said Horn was an inspiration to Australian boxing in a delighted Facebook post

Controversial boxing legend Anthony Mundine said Horn was an inspiration to Australian boxing in a delighted Facebook post

Sports Sunday presenter Emma Freedman called the new boxing world champion a 'legend'

Sports Sunday presenter Emma Freedman called the new boxing world champion a 'legend'

Sports Sunday presenter Emma Freedman called the new boxing world champion a ‘legend’

Jeff Horn took (right) out the WBO World Welterweight title on Sunday after defeating Filipino world champ Manny Pacquiao (left)

Jeff Horn took (right) out the WBO World Welterweight title on Sunday after defeating Filipino world champ Manny Pacquiao (left)

Jeff Horn took (right) out the WBO World Welterweight title on Sunday after defeating Filipino world champ Manny Pacquiao (left)

Others labelled the victory a ‘joke’ and called the fight ‘rigged.’

Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant tweeted an image of shocked rapper Ice Cube following the decision, while Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said ‘boxing is a joke.’

‘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!’ three-time world champion boxer Lennox Lewis posted to Twitter.

‘That wasn’t the fight I watched.’ 

Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke called Horn a 'legend' and said he has an 'amazing future'

Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke called Horn a 'legend' and said he has an 'amazing future'

Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke called Horn a ‘legend’ and said he has an ‘amazing future’

Michael Clarke also praised former world champion Manny Pacquiao for his gracious words at the end of the fight

Michael Clarke also praised former world champion Manny Pacquiao for his gracious words at the end of the fight

Michael Clarke also praised former world champion Manny Pacquiao for his gracious words at the end of the fight

UFC President Dana White was also delighted with the underdog's surprise win on Sunday

UFC President Dana White was also delighted with the underdog's surprise win on Sunday

UFC President Dana White was also delighted with the underdog’s surprise win on Sunday

Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant tweeted an image of shocked rapper Ice Cube following the decision

Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant tweeted an image of shocked rapper Ice Cube following the decision

Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant tweeted an image of shocked rapper Ice Cube following the decision

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said 'boxing is a joke'

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said 'boxing is a joke'

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said ‘boxing is a joke’

'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!' Three-time world champion boxer Lennox Lewis posted to Twitter

'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!' Three-time world champion boxer Lennox Lewis posted to Twitter

‘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!’ Three-time world champion boxer Lennox Lewis posted to Twitter

In front of a packed hometown crowd, Horn punched his ticket to boxing's big time with an incredible performance to win Pacquiao's WBO welterweight championship

In front of a packed hometown crowd, Horn punched his ticket to boxing's big time with an incredible performance to win Pacquiao's WBO welterweight championship

In front of a packed hometown crowd, Horn punched his ticket to boxing’s big time with an incredible performance to win Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship

Former Australian cricketing captain Michael Clarke praised Manny Pacquiao for his conduct after the game, and called Horn a ‘legend’, adding he has an ‘amazing future.’

Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons said she was ‘stoked’ for the 29-year-old, while David Warner Tweeted ‘you little beauty.’ 

Australian cricketing star David Warner was also quick to heap praise on the newcomer, saying the fight was ‘awesome stuff’. 

And while rugby legend Wendell Sailor was happy to be at the fight, the sports star appeared happier with his company.

He shared a picture of himself with actress Amber Heard, who is in Australia filming Aquaman. 

‘I’m a massive boxing fan but I have to say awesome to meet the lovely Amber Heard,’ he captioned the Instagram post. 

‘Love ya [sic] work.’

Rugby legend Wendell Sailor was happy to be at the fight, but appeared even happier to meet actress Amber Heard

Rugby legend Wendell Sailor was happy to be at the fight, but appeared even happier to meet actress Amber Heard

Rugby legend Wendell Sailor was happy to be at the fight, but appeared even happier to meet actress Amber Heard

Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons said she was 'stoked' for the 29-year-old in a post shared to Twitter

Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons said she was 'stoked' for the 29-year-old in a post shared to Twitter

Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons said she was ‘stoked’ for the 29-year-old in a post shared to Twitter

Cricketer David Warner Tweeted his support for Jeff Horn, saying the fight was 'awesome stuff'

Cricketer David Warner Tweeted his support for Jeff Horn, saying the fight was 'awesome stuff'

Cricketer David Warner Tweeted his support for Jeff Horn, saying the fight was ‘awesome stuff’

The fight, which was aired free-to-air in America, was widely watched by athletes across their major codes.

ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas was inconsolable after the decision, saying the scorers didn’t follow the rules.

‘They gave a trophy to the local kid for trying hard, you’re not supposed to get it for trying hard, you’re supposed to get it for winning!’ an exacerbated Atlas shouted.

Atlas then disrespectfully began his post-fight interview with Horn by saying ‘I thought you lost,’ as Pacquiao smiled and laughed nearby. 

ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas was inconsolable after the decision, saying the scorers didn't follow the rules

ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas was inconsolable after the decision, saying the scorers didn't follow the rules

ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas was inconsolable after the decision, saying the scorers didn’t follow the rules

Atlas then disrespectfully began his post-fight interview with Horn by saying 'I thought you lost,' as Pacquiao smiled and laughed nearby

Atlas then disrespectfully began his post-fight interview with Horn by saying 'I thought you lost,' as Pacquiao smiled and laughed nearby

Atlas then disrespectfully began his post-fight interview with Horn by saying ‘I thought you lost,’ as Pacquiao smiled and laughed nearby

Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard Tweeted Horn was fighting ‘dirty af’ and upon hearing the result said ‘that’s not right.’

Minnesota Timberwolves starlet Karl Anthony-Towns said Pacquiao was ‘disrespected’ while Toronto Raptors All Star said ‘the sun must’ve been in the judges face.’

Fox Sports enigma Skip Bayless referred to the Australian champion as ‘somebody named Jeff Horn,’ while ESPN NBA expert Michael Wilbon called it a ‘hometown b.s. decision.’ 

Fox Sports enigma Skip Bayless referred to the Australian champion as 'somebody named Jeff Horn'

Fox Sports enigma Skip Bayless referred to the Australian champion as 'somebody named Jeff Horn'

Fox Sports enigma Skip Bayless referred to the Australian champion as ‘somebody named Jeff Horn’

ESPN NBA expert Michael Wilbon called it a 'hometown b.s. decision'

ESPN NBA expert Michael Wilbon called it a 'hometown b.s. decision'

ESPN NBA expert Michael Wilbon called it a ‘hometown b.s. decision’

Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard Tweeted Horn was fighting 'dirty af' and upon hearing the result said 'that's not right'

Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard Tweeted Horn was fighting 'dirty af' and upon hearing the result said 'that's not right'

Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard Tweeted Horn was fighting ‘dirty af’ and upon hearing the result said ‘that’s not right’

Minnesota Timberwolves starlet Karl Anthony-Towns said Pacquiao was 'disrespected'

Minnesota Timberwolves starlet Karl Anthony-Towns said Pacquiao was 'disrespected'

Minnesota Timberwolves starlet Karl Anthony-Towns said Pacquiao was ‘disrespected’

Toronto Raptors All Star said 'the sun must've been in the judges face'

Toronto Raptors All Star said 'the sun must've been in the judges face'

Toronto Raptors All Star said ‘the sun must’ve been in the judges face’

Jeff Horn has single-handedly changed the face of Australian boxing, sensationally defeating Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao

Jeff Horn has single-handedly changed the face of Australian boxing, sensationally defeating Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao

Jeff Horn has single-handedly changed the face of Australian boxing, sensationally defeating Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao

The Brisbane local, who took up boxing 14 years ago to learn how to defend himself from bullies, has now cemented himself as one of the sport's top drawcards

The Brisbane local, who took up boxing 14 years ago to learn how to defend himself from bullies, has now cemented himself as one of the sport's top drawcards

The Brisbane local, who took up boxing 14 years ago to learn how to defend himself from bullies, has now cemented himself as one of the sport’s top drawcards

Horn, a Brisbane schoolteacher, was asked if the stunning victory was the best day of his life. 'This is not the best day of my life, that's yet to come,' before announcing his wife, Johanna, is pregnant with their first child

Horn, a Brisbane schoolteacher, was asked if the stunning victory was the best day of his life. 'This is not the best day of my life, that's yet to come,' before announcing his wife, Johanna, is pregnant with their first child

Horn, a Brisbane schoolteacher, was asked if the stunning victory was the best day of his life. ‘This is not the best day of my life, that’s yet to come,’ before announcing his wife, Johanna, is pregnant with their first child

Jeff Horn has single-handedly changed the face of Australian boxing, sensationally defeating Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao.

The 29-year-old former schoolteacher beat his strongly-fancied opponent by unanimous decision in a brutal welterweight bout at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

The Brisbane local, who took up boxing 14 years ago to learn how to defend himself from bullies, has now cemented himself as one of the sport’s top drawcards.

In front of a packed hometown crowd, Horn punched his ticket to boxing’s big time with an incredible performance to win Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship.

The three judges scored the fight 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, with Horn immediately calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr. after the fight and declared himself ‘no joke’ to the legions of boxing experts across the world who gave him no chance.

Pacquiao went into the fight the hot favourite, but Horn’s camp was confident he could produce an upset over the world champ.

A crowd of more than 50,000 took their seats for what was unquestionably the biggest fight of the former school teacher’s short 

A cut above Horn's right eye opened up in the tight third round, before Pacquiao's forehead was badly split by an accidental head butt

A cut above Horn's right eye opened up in the tight third round, before Pacquiao's forehead was badly split by an accidental head butt

A cut above Horn’s right eye opened up in the tight third round, before Pacquiao’s forehead was badly split by an accidental head butt

The Australian landed plenty of punches early, before Pacquiao scored with a big left hook mid-way through the second round, which he won convincingly.

A cut above Horn’s right eye opened up in the tight third round, before Pacquiao’s forehead was badly split by an accidental head butt.

Another accidental head clash in the seventh saw Pacquiao split again, with blood pouring from cuts to the left and the right side of the head.

Horn looked in huge trouble after Pacquiao landed a series of deadly blows in the ninth round, leaving the Aussie staggering and praying for the bell.

He wobbled into the tenth still in trouble, but managed to regain his legs and composure and took the fight into the 11th and 12th rounds.

From there Horn did not look back, repelling any late comeback by the Filipino legend and cementing his name in Australian sporting history.

A cut above Horn's right eye opened up in the tight third round, before Pacquiao's forehead was badly split by an accidental head butt

A cut above Horn's right eye opened up in the tight third round, before Pacquiao's forehead was badly split by an accidental head butt

A cut above Horn’s right eye opened up in the tight third round, before Pacquiao’s forehead was badly split by an accidental head butt

The fight was one that enthralled the world, with even PR maven Roxy Jacenko’s daughter Pixie Curtis taking a moment out of her busy day to watch it.

Pixie, five, was pictured staring at the screen as the fight raged on, seemingly captivated by the scene.

Former Survivor star Sam Webb shared a picture of himself with Justice League actor Willem Dafoe ahead of the game.

‘What a good day in Brisvegas watching the boys go toe to toe,’ he captioned the image. 

His reality television co-star Lee Carseldine, also a former cricket player, shared the moment Horn was declared the winner via an Instagram video.

He dedicated the clip, which filmed delighted fans celebrating, to ‘those who keep believing in their dreams’.

Enthralled: Pixie Curtis took a moment out of her busy day to tune into the title fight

Enthralled: Pixie Curtis took a moment out of her busy day to tune into the title fight

Enthralled: Pixie Curtis took a moment out of her busy day to tune into the title fight

Survivor contestant Sam Webb attended the game in famous company, sharing a picture of him (right) with actor Willem Dafoe (centre)

Survivor contestant Sam Webb attended the game in famous company, sharing a picture of him (right) with actor Willem Dafoe (centre)

Survivor contestant Sam Webb attended the game in famous company, sharing a picture of him (right) with actor Willem Dafoe (centre)

Lee Carseldine, who came second on Survivor, shared the historic moment Horn was declared the winner of the fight

Lee Carseldine, who came second on Survivor, shared the historic moment Horn was declared the winner of the fight

Lee Carseldine, who came second on Survivor, shared the historic moment Horn was declared the winner of the fight

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