“It’s A Complete Disgrace”: Mayweather Stripped Of Title He Won In Pacquaio Fight
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) yanked the welterweight world title that Floyd Mayweather won against Manny Pacquaio in one of the “largest, most profitable” fights ever, according to Newsweek. The reason? Because he failed to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee.
Two months ago, Mayweather basked in glory as his boxing record remained untainted after beating Pacquaio two months ago in what critics called the “fight of century.” Well, that triumphant day will just leave Mayweather with bragging rights and nothing to show for it. The WBO said the boxing champion had until July 3 to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee and he did not do so.
The WBO, as per their rules, had to strip Mayweather of his title from the May 2nd fight, which earned him $220 million, according to ESPN.
“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,” the WBO wrote Monday in its resolution.
Mayweather also failed to surrender his junior middleweight title, breaching the WBO policy which prohibits fighters from ” holding simultaneous titles in different weight classes,” Time said.
“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. Floyd Mayweather has a great deal of respect for each and every organization, as he has always had in his 19-year career, but he will not be dictated to by any organization or person as it relates to his decision making,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.
Mayweather has 14 days to write an appeal to the WBO, but according to ESPN, the decision will likely remain unchanged.