Dan Rafael was the first to report on July 4 that the World Boxing Organization officially decided to take back its 147-pound belt from the undefeated Mayweather. Mayweather declined to pay the $200,000 sanctioning fee for the title by the deadline. Also, he decided against vacating the WBA and WBC junior middleweight titles, which was necessary since boxers are not permitted to hold world championships in multiple weight classes.
After his huge victory over Pacquiao, Mayweather initially expressed his desire to vacate the titles he won. Mayweather ultimately had a change of heart, which led to last week’s bout between Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas being fought with the interim WBO welterweight title on the line.