The World Boxing Organisation has stripped Floyd Mayweather of his welterweight world title on Monday — as in, the one that he won in his bout with Manny Pacquiao earlier this year. The reason?
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 has the utmost respect for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and all that he has accomplished during his storied career. Mr. Mayweather has always agreed with and understood that world championships have both privileges and responsibilities and that status as WBO champion is subject to and conditioned on compliance with the WBO rules and regulations.
So what was his failure to comply? Apparently, Mayweather was supposed to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee from said fight and vacate his other belts (two junior middleweight titles), which he never did…while the WBC and WBA have looked a blind eye (honestly: is it that serious?), the WBO simply isn’t having it.
It’s not like the WBO wasn’t flexible in their policy either: while they typically give a boxer 10 days to pick a weight class (and thus, a belt), they gave Mayweather two months…he simply refused to comply.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe did express his displeasure of the ruling:
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.
Ellerbe’s right: we doubt the undefeated Mayweather’s shedding any tears over the WBO’s decision. Entirely too much money in front of him at the moment.