Floyd Mayweather Stripped of the WBO Welterweight Title He Won from Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather has officially been stripped of the WBO welterweight title he won from Manny Pacquiao in their May 2 superfight.
It’s not because he cheated, or anything like that. It’s because he refused to comply with two of the WBO’s conditions for holding their welterweight title.
Neither the WBA, the WBC, nor the WBO allow boxers to hold titles in more than one weight division as a matter of fairness to other boxers eager for their shot at a title. However, the WBA and WBC both broke their own rules for Mayweather, allowing him to hold both welterweight titles and junior middleweight titles.
The WBO was unwilling to do that. So they told Mayweather after he won their welterweight belt that he had to pay their $200,000 sanctioning fee, and he had to choose which weight class he wanted to keep. And whereas most title holders get 10 days to decide which belt they want to keep, the WBO gave Mayweather until Friday, July 3, at 4:30 PM ET.
Mayweather missed that deadline. So on Monday, after hearing nothing from his camp, the WBO took away his belt. (Read the full resolution here.)
You can probably guess what Floyd Mayweather’s camp thinks about all this. But here’s the official statement from Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, just in case you can’t:
“It’s a complete disgrace. Floyd will decide what, or if any, actions he will take. But in the meantime he’s enjoying a couple of hundred million he made from his last outing and this has zero impact on anything he does.
“Floyd Mayweather has a great deal of respect for each and every organization, as he has always had in his 19-year career, but he will not be dictated to by any organization or person as it relates to his decision making.”
Translation: Floyd’s too busy lighting Cubans with hundred dollar bills to meet some stupid deadline, and somehow this is a disgrace.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]