The World Boxing Council will be speaking with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) in early 2014 to find out which of his titles he’ll be choosing to keep, as he holds the WBC 147 lb. title and WBC/WBA 154 lb. titles. The WBC can’t let Mayweather Jr. sit on their WBC 154 lb. title for a long period of time without defending it because it’ll result in the WBC missing out on sanctioning fees that they could be getting from Mayweather or another champion.
Mayweather captured the WBC 154 lb. title last September in beating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by a 12 round majority decision in Las Vegas, Nevada. While it’s only been 3 months since Mayweather won the WBC 154 lb. title, the WBC is already keeping tabs on him because Mayweather hasn’t made an effort to set up a fight against a junior middleweight contender. The WBC would like to see their 154 lb. title defended twice per year, and that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen with the way things are going with Mayweather thinking about facing a welterweight next on May 3rd.
“We’re expecting we can get in touch with him in January, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said to the WBC website. “He’s has had a great year full of action, and has showned great loyalty to the WBC many many times.”
Perhaps one of the reasons why the WBC is anxious to get the WBC 154 lb. title cleared up and likely vacated is because it’ll give Canelo a chance to recapture the belt. Having the popular Canelo holding the title means big sanctioning fees for the WBC, because Canelo’s fights tend to be huge. It’s in the WBC’s best interest to have the young 23-year-old Canelo holding down their WBC 154 lb. title due to the long-term money that they can make from him being the champion. The WBC has Canelo ranked #2, so he’s definitely poised to fight for the vacant title against #1 Sergey Rabchenko, if Mayweather vacates the title or has it stripped from him by the WBC. Rabchenko would be an easy fight for Canelo, and it would be like giving him the WBC 154 lb. title rather than him having to fight for it.