Topic: Boxing

Mayweather no longer recognised as WBO Welterweight World Champion

By Tepara Koti

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has removed the WBO Welterweight title from Floyd Mayweather due to failing to comply with regulations.

Mayweather reclaimed the title after winning "The Fight of The Century" against Manny Pacquiao back in May, which saw Mayweather become the unified WBO/WBA/WBC Welterweight Champion of the World.

However, Mayweather missed a deadline where he had to pay $200,000 as a sanctioning fee from the fight, and vacate the junior middleweight title he holds.

The WBO reiterated in a statement that, "No WBO Champion may hold a non WBO Championship in a weight class that is different from the weight class of his WBO Championship."

Then confirmed that, "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."

Mayweather had already announced at the MayPac post-fight press conference that he would vacate the other titles to retain the WBO title.  Mayweather's camp is yet to respond following the WBO's announcement.

Full official documentation of communications between Mayweather's legal representative and the WBO can be found here.