News | Jul 05 2015

Floyd Mayweather to be stripped of WBO welterweight title

Mayweather's failure to pay sanctioning fee likely to see him lose title taken from Manny Pacquiao
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FLOYD MAYWEATHER JNR could be stripped of the WBO welterweight title on Monday. The American claimed the belt on May 2 with a comprehensive victory over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

According to ESPN.com, the sanctioning body plan to remove Mayweather as their 147lb champion after he failed to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee by the Friday July 3 deadline. The fact he also holds light-middleweight belts is another reason why he has broken WBO rules.

Following the victory over Pacquiao, Mayweather announced he would be relinquishing all of his titles (WBA welter and light-middle; WBC welter and light-middle; WBO welter) within “a couple of weeks” but he failed to do so.