Acting WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, who is standing in whilst his father Jose recovers from heart surgery, clarified the situation on Monday – although stopped short of outlining what may happen in the future.
“As of today, Floyd Mayweather is the WBC champion in two divisions. He has not vacated the welterweight title,” Sulaiman told World Boxing News.
Mayweather, 36, is pencilled in to make his return to the ring on May 3 in a defence of his 147lb belt and at this point seems more likely to give up the 154lb title he took from Saul Alvarez in September.
The pound for pound number one has stated that he sees 147 as his main focus going forward, but titles have never meant that much to Mayweather and handing it over for Pacquiao to fight for could conceivably happen at some point.
The WBC explained to WBN earlier in the year that they will discuss what happens regarding a mandatory fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao in the spring after making the Filipino their first in line at the recent WBC Convention in Thailand.
As Pacquiao still has close ties to Bob Arum and Top Rank, Mayweather is unrelenting in his desire not to negotiate with his former promoter, and whilst this remains the case, the WBC’s mandatory decision will remain obsolete.
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