WBO President talks Mayweather situation: 'We gave him a chance'
Milan Ordoñez on Jul 10, 2015 02:14 PM
Photo credit: Santino Honasan/ABS-CBN Sports
Floyd Mayweather recently lost the WBO welterweight title he won from Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd.
But he did not lose it inside the ring. The WBO decided to strip him of the said title for being unable to pay a sanctioning fee worth $200,000. The said fee was because Mayweather also held world title belts in another weight class, the light middleweight division.
Boxing’s sanctioning bodies do not allow any fighter to simultaneously hold titles in more than one weight class.
“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, for failing to comply with our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests,” an excerpt of their official statement reads.
The Mayweather camp, of course, was displeased with the decision.
The entire situation did cause a stir in the boxing world. However, it was all clarified by none other than WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel himself, who is in the country for Pinoy Pride 31 this weekend in Cebu City.
“We gave time to him,” Valcarcel told ABS-CBN Sports. “In the WBO, you can’t be champion in welterweight and be champion in junior middleweight. In other organizations, that rule is clear, you have to pay sanction fees.”
“We gave the opportunity for him to decide, he didn’t decide.”
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