Floyd Maywheather, Jr. has been stripped of the World Boxing Organisation title he won after beating Manny Pacquiao, May 3 for violating boxing rules
THE World Boxing Organisation, WBO, on Monday, July 6, stripped Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the welterweight world title he won after beating Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino, on May 3, 2015 for failing to comply with rules. Mayweather, who improved to 48 unbeaten after beating Pacquiao missed a deadline by which he had to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee from the fight and vacate the junior middleweight title he also held.
The WBO, in a statement signed by Luis Batista Salas, said it was against the rules for boxers to hold world titles in multiple weight classes and that Mayweather had to indicate which weight division he would retain. “The WBO World Championship Committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognise Mr. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as the WBO Welterweight Champion of the World and vacate his title, for failing to comply with our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests,” the statement said.
Mayweather, who finished ahead on all three scorecards of what proved to be the top-grossing prize fight of all-time, had until 4:30 p.m. ET (2030 GMT) Friday, July 3, to advise the WBO of his position, but failed to comply. The pugilist, who earned more than $200 million from the fight, which generated record pay-per-view revenue in the United States of $400 million, has two weeks to launch an appeal.
However, his promoters have expressed disappointment over the incidence. Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather Promotions CEO told ESPN.com: “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.”
— Jul 7, 2015 @ 15:20 GMT