No fee, no world ti­tle, Floyd told

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

FLOYD May­weather was yesterday stripped by the World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the wel­ter­weight world ti­tle he won by beat­ing Manny Pac­quiao two months ago.

May­weather had failed to meet the dead­line last Fri­day for pay­ing the $ US200,000 ($ A266,756) sanc­tion­ing fee re­quired by the WBO af­ter he took the belt from Pac­quiao on May 2 in Las Ve­gas in the rich­est fight of all time, earn­ing a re­ported $ US220 mil­lion ($ A293.43 mil­lion) in the process.

WBO rules re­quire box­ers to pay 3 per cent of their purse to fight for a world ti­tle up to a max­i­mum of $ 200,000.

The rules also pro­hibit WBO cham­pi­ons to hold any belts in any other weight di­vi­sions. May­weather is cur­rently also the WBC and WBA cham­pion at ju­nior mid­dleweight ( 154lb) as well as at wel­ter­weight ( 147lb).

The Puerto Rico- based sanc­tion­ing body’s web­site con­firmed May­weather, re­garded as the best pound- for­pound boxer in the world, was no longer the WBO cham­pion.

Af­ter May­weather ( 48- 0, 26 KOs) de­feated Pac­quiao to unify three of the four ma­jor wel­ter­weight world ti­tles, he had de­clared that he would va­cate all his ti­tles in or­der to give younger fight­ers the chance to win belts.

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