Boxing News 2016: Floyd Mayweather to be officially stripped of WBA belts

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. yells out to the crowd after defeating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. Reuters/Steve Marcus

World Boxing Association (WBA) President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has confirmed that retired Floyd Mayweather will be officially removed from the list in their boxing organisation’s rankings and also stripped of the WBA welterweight and super welterweight titles.

Mayweather, who retired from the sport after a win against Andre Berto last September 2015, finished with an undefeated record in his career, notching 49 wins with 26 knockout victories. The American also matched Rocky Marciano’s undefeated record of 49-0.

The World Boxing Council (WBC) already removed Mayweather from their rankings and also stripped him of the welterweight and super welterweight belts at the end of 2015.

Mendoza said that Mayweather being removed from their list would be “a matter of formality” and should happen in late January, according to a report from ESPN Deportes.

Replacing the 38-year-old Mayweather at the top of the pair of divisions are Keith Thurman of the United States in the welterweight division and Erislandy Lara of Cuba in the super welterweight division. Both are expected to be named interim champions after the WBA ruling of removing Mayweather in their rankings.

Like Mayweather, the 27-year-old Thurman is undefeated so far in his career in 26 bouts with an impressive 22 victories via knockouts. Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Lara has 22 wins against two draws and two losses with 13 knockouts.

There have been talks that Mayweather will “unretire” again like he did in 2008, but the American has not commented on those rumours. The speculation is that Mayweather will return to the ring and have a second fight with Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines.

The Mayweather-Pacquiao bout last May 2015 broke boxing records in pay-per-view sales and gate ticket sales. It would be interesting to see how the boxing organisations react with regards to the fighters' respective rankings should Mayweather decide to extend his boxing career.

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