Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

    Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

    Despite the move of the World Boxing Council (WBC) to make Manny Pacquiao the No. 1 contender in the welterweight division, there is still no guarantee that the Filipino ring icon would fight unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year.

    Pacquiao’s longtime Canadian adviser Mike Koncz said that all boxing sanctioning bodies—the WBC, the World Boxing Organization, the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Association—have no direct power to arrange a fight.

    “We are very proud the WBC has recognized Manny’s achievement for making him the No. 1 contender in welterweight division,” Koncz told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday. “But at the end of the day, it will be promoters who will negotiate the fight.”

    Mayweather (45-0 win-loss card with 26 knockouts) is the current WBC welterweight champion while Pacquiao (55-5-2 record with 38 knockouts) is currently the World Boxing Organization international welterweight champ.

    “So far, there is no negotiation between us and the Mayweather camp. That’s the fight the people wanted but there’s no ongoing talks,” Koncz added.

    In the past, the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout was cancelled because of drug testing and prize money issues.

    Sanctioning boxing bodies, however, has the power to strip any champion of his title if he refused to fight a challenger especially if it’s a mandatory title defense match. The title will then be declared vacant.

    WBC has recognized Pacquiao’s return after almost a year of absence, through his unanimous decision victory over Mexican-American Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios on November 23 in Macau, China.

    The Mexico City-based WBC ranks Pacquiao as No. 1 welterweight contender followed by Luis Abregu of Argentina and Amir Khan of England. Khan according to reports is being eyed as Mayweather’s next opponent in May.


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    1. No one is ganna watch Floyd Maybeweather matches hereafter. It will be good for the sports for him to retire.Anyway he has tons of recognitions and money to last him well in his retirement.
      However It will be a disaster for boxing and to his esteem legacy, come to think of it.
      WBA, WBC and WBO are toothless organizations if it cannot impose order in its ranks.
      It seems to me these organizations, needless to say, are helpless to the whims and caprice of FM. Let’s stop this idiotlogue. We have listened to the line of reasoning of FM all these years and until the present. He is NO GREAT BOXER. ONLY A LEGEND IN HIS OWN MIND! No way. Enough is enough. From now on FM is nobody! I urge everybody to boycoot all fights of FM starting 2014 if he is unwilling to fight the fight everybody wants to see.
      FM has lost my respect! period.

    2. I dont believe the filipino likes fairness. The wbc has made manny pacquiao the number 1 challanger in the welterweight division. Please tell me how he has qualified for that. In nov 2011 he beat jmm a light welterweight fighting manny at 147. No catchweight for him & he only won by a majority decision. In june 2012 he lost his world title to TB again a light welterweight. Now any self respecting champion would have an immediate rematch but not manny. He thenagain fought jmm in dec. 2012 & got knocked out cold in the 6th round. But again jmm is only a light welterweight. Again no catchweight he had to fight him at 147. He then took a year off & in nov 2013 he fought rios a guy who in 2012 was fighting at lightweight & was beaten at light welterweight in his last fight. He had never fought a welterweight or at light welterweight ever. Now yes manny won it easily but tell me how does that qualify him as a number 1 contender. Its corruption & its totally disrespectful to all the other welterweights fighting the best welterweights & beating them, but because its another filipina you love it. If a foreigner was rated above him like thios you would say its wrong.

      • Aren’t you happy that WBC made a move for them to actually have a bigger chance to fight? If you fear floyd will be exposed by all means continue that type of comment. But for me I don’t care just as long those two finally meet in the ring.