INTERNATIONAL SPORTS: Floyd Mayweather Jr. stripped of WBO welterweight title

By Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer

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ESPN – The WBO stripped pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather of his welterweight world title on Monday for his failure to comply with the organization’s rules.

Mayweather claimed the WBO welterweight title when he outpointed Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a 147-pound unification fight that shattered all financial records for a boxing match, including total gross, pay-per-view subscriptions, closed circuit revenue, live gate, foreign television sales and sponsorships.

Mayweather, who holds two other alphabet welterweight world titles, let come and go the 4:30 p.m. ET Friday deadline by which he had to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee from the May 2 fight (for which he earned more than $220 million) and vacate the two junior middleweight titles he also holds.

“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 wrote Monday in its resolution.

It is against sanctioning organization rules 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 their titles, but the WBO upheld its rules.

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8 comments

  1. Who, this didn't make Manny the winner. Why is it always a black athlete to bring shame to their supporters? He failed to pay $200,000 which is a legal fee. He .... won $220,000,000. This is more than a shame. I would strip him of all his ....titles for that.

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  2. batman, dont you have people to save?

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  3. I got a headache.

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  4. all this jus to hav many the winner......this is B.S yall jus hating on Mayweather.

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  5. Batman, it may not be news for you but may be for someone else!

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  6. Just another first world problem, that has no purpose for mankind

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  7. The Commentator

    I GUESS THE $220M PRIZE MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT TO HIM THAN THE TITLE.

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  8. Batiz, no news to report Choops tan

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