Floyd Mayweather Should Be Stripped of WBC Welterweight Belt Immediately

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IApril 20, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 01:  Floyd Mayweather looks on during a press conference to promote his upcoming fight against Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 1, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (42-0, 26 KOs) will challenge Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) for his WBA junior middleweight title and the vacant WBC Diamond belt on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 

It will be Mayweather's second time venturing into the junior middleweight class for a title in five years. The last time he fought there was against Oscar De La Hoya in the biggest-selling pay-per-view match in boxing history. 

In challenging Cotto, Mayweather will be leaving the welterweight division and his welterweight title—which he won from Victor Ortiz last September—unattended.

The WBC needs to take a stand for once and strip Mayweather of his belt so that other fighters can have a chance at winning it. It's something the council should do, but it's highly unlikely that it will. 

It was thought that the WBC would be stripping Mayweather of his title early last year when he took a plea deal and was sentenced to prison for the alleged beating of his ex-girlfriend. The WBC went against its own rules and regulations—which state that when a champion is jailed, the boxer is stripped of his title—and allowed Mayweather to hold on to his belt.

It's unlikely that Mayweather would defend the belt until the late fall, because after Mayweather leaves prison, he'd have to adjust to being released, then the WBC would have to find an opponent and have training camp.

Even if that was to happen, it's thought that Mayweather's next opponent could be Saul Alvarez, another junior middleweight champion, if both men win on May 5th.

Mayweather is basically holding the belt hostage at this point. It will have been more than a year before he would even be able to defend it.

There are several fighters that could generate more interest in the division if they held a title or even just fought for one. Examples include Kell Brook, Devon Alexander, the match between Robert Guerrero and Selcuk Aydin, the Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz rematch and Amir Khan if he moves up to welterweight.

The longer the WBC lets Mayweather hold the belt, the longer it's wasted on somebody who won't even defend it. It needs to strip him so that other fighters can have a chance to fight for a world title.

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