• Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight belt

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    WASHINGTON: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Monday was stripped by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago.

    Mayweather had failed to meet the deadline last Friday for paying the $200,000 sanctioning fee required by the WBO after he took the belt from Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas in the richest fight of all time, earning a reported $220 million in the process.
    WBO rules require boxers to pay 3 percent of their purse to fight for a world title up to a maximum of $200,000.

    The rules also prohibit WBO champions to hold any belts in any other weight divisions.

    Mayweather is currently also the WBC [World Boxing Council] and WBA [World Boxing Association] champion at junior WASHINGTON: Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Monday was stripped by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) of the welterweight world title he won by beating Manny Pacquiao two months ago.

    Mayweather had failed to meet the deadline last Friday for paying the $200,000 sanctioning fee required by the WBO after he took the belt from Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas in the richest fight of all time, earning a reported $220 million in the process.

    WBO rules require boxers to pay 3 percent of their purse to fight for a world title up to a maximum of $200,000.

    The rules also prohibit WBO champions to hold any belts in any other weight divisions.

    Mayweather is currently also the WBC [World Boxing Council] and WBA [World Boxing Association] champion at junior middleweight (154lb), as well as at welterweight (147lb).

    A statement on the Puerto Rico-based sanctioning body’s website confirmed that Mayweather, regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, was no longer the WBO champion.

    “Mr. Mayweather Jr. failed to pay the $200,000.000 fee required of him as a participant of a WBO World Championship Contest,” said the statement.

    “Despite affording Mr. Mayweather Jr. the courtesy of an extension to advise us of his position within the WBO Welterweight Division and to vacate the two 154-pound world titles he holds, the WBO World Championship Committee received no response from him or his legal representatives on this matter.

    “The WBO World Championship Committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO Welterweight Champion of the World and vacate his title.”

    ‘It also happened to Pacquiao’
    Meanwhile, the camp of Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao whom Mayweather defeated in a hyped-up fight last May said they understand the decision of the WBO.

    “It’s just a normal practice for any professional boxing body to strip a world champion who doesn’t like to defend the title or who doesn’t pay the sanctioning fees,” Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “In the case of Mayweather, he didn’t pay the fee.”

    “Floyd had already stated in recent interviews that he doesn’t have any definite return date other than the September bout this year,” Pineda said. “I believe the WBO has the right to choose who is the mandatory challenger for him.”

    Pineda said that Pacquiao was even forced to vacate a world title belt that he won five years ago when he decided not to fight in that weight class.

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