WBA open to Mayweather defending 147 and 154lb titles against Pacquiao
The World Boxing Association’s Vice President Gilberto Mendoza has exclusively informed WBN that the body will consider any request by welterweight and super-welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather to defend both titles on May 2.
Mayweather, 37, has signed on to face long-time rival Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in a mega-money battle that is set to cost US fans $100 per viewing and there is now a chance that five world titles at two separate weight classes could be on the line.
‘Money’ holds the WBA and WBC titles at 147 and 154 pounds, whilst Pacquiao is currently in possession of the World Boxing Organisation belt which he regained when defeating Chris Algieri in routine fashion at the back end of 2014.
Mendoza is expecting more developments soon regarding the title situation, although is yet to receive anything formal from Mayweather who successfully defended all four belts previously against Marcos Maidana in a majestic performance last September.
“The WBA is open to a proposal but haven’t received any request from Floyd Mayweather or his team,” Mendoza explained to World Boxing News.
The World Boxing Council and the WBA have been working closely since Mauricio Sulaiman took over from his father as President and continued Jose’s wishes to at least make an attempt to unite the major organisations as one.
So far, Sulaiman has managed to persuade the WBA and IBF to jump on board for future decisions regarding the sport and both are delighted that Mayweather and Pacquiao have finally put aside their differences to give the fans the fight they want.
“Mayweather v Pacquiao could be the best event that has ever happened to boxing,” said Mendoza, whilst Sulaiman added: “The important thing is that the fight has been made and boxing will be in the eyes of the world for the following three months,” before commenting on the situation concerning the two-weight championships by saying: “The details have not been addressed yet regarding the titles.”