A missed deadline may lead to Floyd Mayweather being stripped of the WBO welterweight title he earned in his May 2 victory over Manny Pacquiao, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael.
Mayweather originally planned to not accept the title as part of his post-fight pledge to vacate all his titles so younger boxers could have a chance at the belts. But when he did accept the WBO prize, he was required to pay the sanctioning body a $200,000 fee by Friday, a deadline he did not reach.
The pound-for-pound champ would also be required to forfeit his WBO junior middleweight title to keep the welterweight belt, as the organization does not allow boxers to hold championships in multiple weight classes, although it has made exceptions for Mayweather in the past.
If the WBO follows through on its threats to strip Mayweather of the belt, it will be given to Timothy Bradley Jr.who won the organization's interim 147-pound title in a fight with Jessie Vargas on June 27, Rafael reports.
Mayweather currently holds the welterweight and super welterweight titles for both the WBA and WBC in addition to the WBO belt.