Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally found an opponent he couldn’t beat: An alphabet soup sanctioning body. Mayweather was stripped on Monday of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title he won in his super fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2 after Mayweather failed to pay the $200,000 in sanctioning fees and also vacate his WBA/WBC junior middleweight titles, at the WBO’s request.
Mayweather earned around $220 million for the bout to improve to 48-0 but refused to comply with the WBO’s demands. As a result of Mayweather being stripped, Timothy Bradley will be elevated from interim champion to regular champion and Canarsie resident and former U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (22-0, 13 knockouts) has been ordered as Bradley’s next mandatory opponent.
That Mayweather didn’t pay the fees isn’t a surprise. The pound-for-pound king had vowed to give up all the titles he won after his victory over Pacquiao, saying it was time for the younger fighters to vie for the trinkets.
“I don’t know if it will be Monday [May 4] or maybe a couple weeks,” Mayweather said in the news conference after the May 2 bout with Pacquiao of releasing his titles, which also include three welterweight belts.
“I’ll talk to my team and see what we need to do. Other fighters need a chance. Give other fighters a chance. I’m not greedy. I’m a world champion in two different weight classes. It’s time to let other fighters fight for the belt.”
Based on Mayweather’s comments after the Pacquiao bout, the WBO ordered that Bradley and Jessie Vargas fight for the vacant WBO title on June 27. Bradley won a decision. Following communication with Mayweather lawyer, John Hornewer, the WBO granted Mayweather more time to pay the sanctioning fees and give up his junior middleweight titles, since the WBO (and any other sanctioning body) doesn’t allow its champions to hold titles in multiple weight classes.
When the cutoff date of last Friday came and went, the WBO after a meeting of its championship committee on Monday said it had to strip Mayweather to keep the welterweight division from becoming idle. Mayweather has until July 20 to formally appeal the decision. The WBO announced the decision in an oddly worded letter on its website that explained the rationale for the move.
With its jargon of interim and regular titles, the missive should bolster the argument for doing away with sanctioning bodies altogether. But since it’s Mayweather- who has said he plans to retire after a fight in September- it matters.
A spokesperson for Mayweather didn’t immediately return an email for comment. Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, has fought well as the stakes have risen in his career, stopping Luis Carlos Abregu in the ninth round in November and winning a clear decision against Francisco Santana on April 25 at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko’s win against Bryant Jennings.
10 times Micheal Essien made the headlines for the right reasons
Ghanaian midfielder Micheal Essien is one of the most famous footballers to ever come from the African continent.
Essien has been a journeyman in football and his name will go down as one of the finest midfielders to play the game.
The midfielder who last played for Indonesian side Persib Bandung has made global news for both wrong and right reasons in the past.
Seems his good side overrides any bad side of his illustrious career as he is one of the most decorated African Footballers.
Here are 10 times Micheal Essien made global headlines for the right reasons
1. Essien signs for Chelsea
Essien signed for English Premier League side Chelsea for a £24.4 million transfer fee and, at the time of his signing, was the most expensive African footballer in history.
2. Essien wins Chelsea Goal of the Season award
He won the Chelsea Goal of the Season award in the 2006–07 season after scoring a stunning late equaliser at home against Arsenal on 10 December 2006 in a Premier League game.
Essien is BBC African Best player of 2006
He won the 2006 BBC African footballer of the year award.
Essien excels in 2006 World Cup
- He played superbly for the Black Stars and helped Ghana become the only African team to reach the second round of the 2006 World Cup.
Essien nominated 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year
- On 10 October 2007, Essien was nominated for the prestigious 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Award for the third consecutive year and on 21 October 2007, he was also nominated for the 2007 Ballon d’Or Award for the third consecutive year.
He was voted 15th Best Player in the World at the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards.
Essien is Chelsea Fans’ best player for 2007
- On 15 May 2007, Chelsea fans voted Essien as Chelsea Player of the Year for his contributions in the 2006–07 season, becoming the first African to receive the honour.
Essien is nominated for 2007 CAF best player
- On 12 December 2007, he was nominated for the 2007 African Footballer of the Year, the third consecutive time he had been nominated. He was runner-up to that year’s winner, Frédéric Kanouté.
Essien scores stunning goal against Barcelona
- On 6 May 2009, Essien scored a stunning left-footed volley in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, a tie that Chelsea ultimately lost due to the away goal rule.
The goal was later voted as Chelsea’s Goal of the Season by the club’s fans.
Essien joins Real Madrid
- On 31 August 2012, Essien signed a season-long loan deal with Real Madrid, reuniting him with his former manager at Chelsea, José Mourinho.
At his introductory press conference with Real Madrid, Mourinho affectionally referred to Essien as “his son” while Essien referred to Mourinho as his “Daddy”.
Essien moves to Milan
- Essien signed for Italian club Milan on a one-and-a-half-year contract on 27 January 2014
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