Mayweather-Pacquiao belt has 3,017 emeralds and 800 grams of gold

Thursday April 30th, 2015

The title belt given to the victor in Saturday's highly-anticipated bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao boasts some one-of-a-kind features.

In an interview with USA Today, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman dished the tale of the belt's figurative tape. Crafted in Mexico with the work of 20 different artisans, the belt, made with the customary green Ferrari leather, has 3,017 studded emeralds, contains 800 grams of gold and also has some silver. 

On the belt there are 165 hand-painted national flags, representing the countries affiliated with the WBC. Also on the belt are four gold coins, each bearing a face: Sulaiman's father Jose, the former WBC commisioner; Mayweather; Pacquiao; and the legendary Muhammad Ali.

According to USA Today, 3,500 emeralds were needed to make the belt, since artisans kept breaking them in the process.

- Jeremy Woo

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