The World Boxing Organization stripped Floyd Mayweather Jr. of his welterweight world title last July 6, 2015 because he failed to comply with the organization’s rules. This was the title he won after beating our very own Manny Pacquiao.
“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,” says in the official statement released by the WBO.
It is not allowed for boxers to hold world titles in multiple weight classes. The WBC and WBA had been breaking their own rules by allowing Mayweather to hold the two titles given, but the WBO upheld its rules.
Normally, the WBO will allow a boxer 10 days to decide which weight class he wants to continue to hold the title in, if he wins one in another weight division. The WBO gave Mayweather two months to decide.
But the deadline expired; the WBO then sent the issue to its championship committee, which came up with the decision to strip Mayweather of the belt for not complying with either request.
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