Mayweather rethinking decision to vacate world titles
Milan Ordoņez on Jun 10, 2015 12:05 PM
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As history dictates, one can never deem any of Floyd Mayweather’s decisions to be final.
Case in point: after declaring his intent to give Manny Pacquiao a rematch in a year, supposedly after the Filipino boxing icon is fully healed from his shoulder injury, he immediately retracted the said statement two days after.
During the post-fight interview, Mayweather also announced his decision to vacate the unified WBO/WBC/WBA welterweight titles he won after beating Pacquiao. According to the reigning pound-for-pound boxing king, he merely wanted to “give other fighters a chance.”
"I'm a world champion in two different weight classes. It's time to let other fighters fight for the belt,” Mayweather said during the post-fight presser.
Late last month, however, “Money May” has apparently been further contemplating on his previous decision. This, after finding out that the WBO welterweight belt will be up for grabs on June 27th, in a bout between former champion Timothy Bradley and undefeated contender Jesse Vargas.
Mayweather Promotions expressed their sentiments through a letter sent to the WBO (HT: World Boxing News).
“For Mr. Mayweather to pick up the paper and read that another promotional company has announced that it is staging a bout for the same WBO title that Mr. Mayweather won in the ring, currently holds and has not relinquished, was extremely disappointing to him and to his team.”
“On behalf of Mr. Mayweather and his team, this office requests that the WNO take immediate actions to correct this mistake by informing the promoter of the bout and the public that the pronouncements about the WBO Welterweight title being vacant and on the line in said bout are incorrect,” an excerpt of the letter reads.
As of this posting, the Bradley vs. Vargas bout will not be for the WBO 147-pound title, and Mayweather has been given until July 3rd to make his final decision.
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