Jeff Horn pulled off the massive upset over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday with a win by unanimous decision.
The two men battled hard for 12 full rounds, with the Filipino star seeming more consistent. However, the judges saw Horn as the better boxer and awarded him the welterweight title.
ESPN Stats and Info noted the surprise:
The match represented a nice payday for both fighters, although Pacquiao was always going to take home the bigger purse regardless of result thanks to his international fame.
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, the 38-year-old earned $10 million in prize money from the bout, plus a bonus based on television viewing in the Philippines.
Horn only earned a guarantee of $500,000 from the bout, although he also got a cut of the ticket sales. Per Grantlee Kieza of the Courier-Mail, there was a chance to reach $1 million with this incentive.
Considering there were a reported 55,000 people at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, per the ESPN broadcast, the Australian should bring home a nice payday from what was by far the biggest fight of his career.
He could also reportedly make $2 million from a potential rematch in November, per Kieza.
Horn came out extremely aggressive and looked up to the challenge in the early few rounds.
While Pacquiao's accuracy on his hits to the face continually made an impact, it was far from the blowout many expected, with the local fighter landing some big punches against the favorite.
It came down to a heavily debated decision, but Horn came away as the new champion.
The 29-year-old former teacher entered undefeated in his 17 career bouts, including one draw, earning the WBO intercontinental welterweight title in the process. However, all of his fights have taken place in either Australia or New Zealand, and he wasn't as well known on the international stage.
This fight should give him the boost necessary to continue his career. Jeff Goodman of ESPN noted the reaction:
Pacquiao, on the other hand, has seen much bigger paydays in his career. Most of his previous matches have been shown on pay-per-view, which usually leads to a larger purse.
Then again, he only earned a reported $4 million from his previous bout against Jessie Vargas, per Josh Katzowitz of Forbes.
Although the loss could force him to reevaluate the rest of his career, it was a quality payday to enjoy once he gets over the result.