Mayweather could be stripped of WBO title


    Floyd Mayweather Jr.Undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0) could be stripped of the WBO welterweight title he earned by defeating former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision for failing to meet a June 1 deadline imposed by WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel.

    It was known approximately two weeks before the deadline that the fight between former WBO champion Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas, scheduled for June 27 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, would be for the “vacant WBO welterweight title.”

    According to, one of Mayweather’s lawyers, Atty. John R. Hornewer, wrote a letter to the WBO in which he stated:

    “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 for him and his team.”

    Correspondent David Finger of the Daily Mail reported the WBO Championship Committee headed by Luis Batista Salas will consider a Mayweather petition. However, no date for the meeting has yet to be scheduled.

    The WBO responded to Atty. Hornewer’s letter in which Salas requested in writing, “on or before June 1, 2015” to make his intentions to keep the WBO belt known by complying with certain requirements in accordance with the WBO regulations of World Championship contests, which included a check in the amount of $200,000 which corresponded to the sanctioning fee for the Pacquiao fight.

    WBO rules prohibit a fighter from holding belts in multiple weight classes at the same time, so Salas also requested Mayweather for a signed letter “relinquishing his WBA/WBC 154 pound titles and stating his wish to keep his WBO welterweight title.“

    None of the demands were met.

    If this was known two weeks before the deadline, why didn’t Mayweather speak up sooner? Also, at the post-fight news conference following his victory over Manny Pacquiao, why did he acknowledge that he would vacate all his titles to give younger fighters a chance?

    Valcarrel had sought clarification for the above information but received nothing. Now, Mayweather wants to keep the title. However, it might be too late.