Back on July 11, Sulaiman told WBN: “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.”
After holding a meeting on the matter, pound for pound king Mayweather has been granted the opportunity by the WBC to put his two-weight title belts up for grabs against Marcos Maidana as the American bids to keep a firm grip all his gold. Mayweather, 37, has never been one to give up his accolades easily and this latest move may anger former opponent Canelo Alvarez, who was in line to fight for the vacant title if ‘Money’ dropped the belt to concentrate on his 147lb exploits.
This move by Mayweather means Canelo may now look towards taking another route and represents the first time since 1988 that two WBC title belts from different weight classes will be on the line at the same time.
Back then, Sugar Ray Leonard defeated Donny Lalonde at Caesars Palace in Vegas to claim the vacant WBC super-middleweight title and Lalonde’s 175lb title belt in an unprecedented move, something Argentinian Maidana can match if successful in just over six weeks’ time.
The World Boxing Association, with whom Mayweather also holds the 147 and 154lbs titles, have not yet commented on whether a second request was put in by the five-weight champion to make it a four-title affair.
As it stands though, the rematch entitled ‘Mayhem,’ will now be for the WBC’s two straps, along with the WBA welterweight title – in what could be a defining night for whoever comes out on top at the MGM Grand.
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