FLOYD Mayweather has been stripped of the WBO welterweight title he won against Manny Pacquiao – and has been bizarrely called out by Anthony Mundine.
Mayweather missed Friday’s deadline to pay a $200,000 sanction fee to the WBO and a committee voted to strip the 38-year-old of the title. It means that Timothy Bradley Jnr is expected to be crowned champion after he controversially beat Jessie Vargas for the interim title last month.
Mayweather still has 14 days to appeal but the decision is unlikely to be reversed.
“The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr Floyd Mayweather Jnr 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 said on Monday.
“The WBO has the utmost respect for Floyd Mayweather Jnr 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.”
Mayweather is still welterweight and super-welterweight champion for the WBC and WBA, even though boxers are not allowed to hold world titles in multiple weight classes.
Mayweather is expected to fight for the 49th and possibly last time in September and Mundine – the mandatory challenger for the American’s WBC super-welterweight title – has taken the extraordinary step of writing an open letter begging boxing’s pound-for-pound king to pick him as his next opponent.
The former Australian rugby league star Mundine, the current WBC silver super-welterweight champion, was due to fight Austin Trout in a rescheduled bout but negotiations collapsed.
And now Mundine has challenged Mayweather to step into the ring and take on “the uncrowned best athlete of all time.”
Addressing Mayweather as “My man Floyd,” Mundine boasts, “I’m the wonder from down under and the only one that can solve the mayvinchi code’ before going on to say the fight would be 50/50.” — Mayonline