WBC: Mayweather in voluntary phase, Pacquiao mandatory months away
The news that Manny Pacquiao has been given the number one welterweight ranking with the World Boxing Council has been greeted with cheers by those who long for a fight with current title holder Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Contrary to some excitable reports though, WBN can reveal that the Filipino’s updated status will have no bearing on the situation as it stands as Mayweather has already been given the green light to choose his own opponent after his recent clash with Saul Alvarez.
The fact that both Mayweather and Alvarez fought each in their capacity as WBC title holders at two different weights, means that ‘Money’ is now entitled to a voluntary before an obligations arise with Pacquiao.
“The new ratings have been released with Pacquiao at number one, but the welterweight division is now in a voluntary stage and the topic of the mandatory will not be addressed for a few months by the WBC board of governors,” stand-in chief Maurcio Sulaiman told World Boxing News today.
This means that Pacquiao can crack on with his April 12 bout at the MGM Grand, whilst Mayweather can also do likewise on May 3, although if both are victorious – that could then see the WBC stipulate a meeting for later in the year.
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