World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has informed WBN that Floyd Mayweather Jr wants permission to defend both his welterweight and light-middleweight titles on the same night in the fall.
Mayweather, 37, already held the WBA ‘super’ light-middleweight belt when adding the WBC’s version in defeating Canelo Alvarez last September, and would be in danger of being stripped of both titles if unable to make a defence within a year.
Having signed on to rematch Marcos Madiana in September, whom ‘Money’ took the WBA belt at 147lbs from in May adding it to the WBC strap at the same weight, Mayweather would then surpass the threshold to keep hold of all his current honours if he concentrated solely on the lower weight.
This situation has prompted Mayweather to ask for special dispensation to continue holding all his titles at the two weights by defending his WBC championships at 147 and 154 against Maidana at once to satisfy his obligations.
“We have a request from Floyd Mayweather and confidentially we are voting on whether he can defend both titles against Marcos Maidana on September 13,” Sulaiman exclusively explained to World Boxing News.
Whether the WBA are also mulling over a similar asking by Mayweather has not yet been disclosed, although it would seem a likely scenario as the pound for pound king aims to keep a tight grasp on the belts he has earned and fully deserved in the ring.
In the past, both the WBC and WBA have been reluctant to inflict the full letter of the law on Mayweather due to his astonishing career achievements and it would be highly unlikely that this latest demand would go unheeded by either.
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