Floyd Mayweather reached the deadline given to him by the WBO on Friday for the American to decide whether or not to keep the welterweight belt he took from Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas.
It was originally assumed by the WBO that Mayweather would immediately be dropping the 147lb WBO title upon defeating Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, although ‘Money’ called in the lawyers when Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas were ordered to fight for the vacant belt.
Bradley and Vargas eventually had to settle for the interim championship which the former picked up last weekend via a unanimous decision and Mayweather was stipulated to communicate his final answer to the WBO by the end of this week.
Along with informing the WBO of his intention to keep the belt, Mayweather had to give up the WBC and WBA super-welterweight titles currently in his possession, although World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman stated that he had heard nothing when speaking to WBN on Friday.
“It’s the WBO’s situation and we have absolutely nothing to do with what happens there, but we have had no word from Floyd Mayweather that he will no longer be our champion at 154,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.
If this is the case and Mayweather has no intention of losing his status as unified 154lb champion, Timothy Bradley looks set to be made full champion and begin his second reign as World Boxing Organisation ruler at 147 over the weekend.