By Press Release | February 08, 2011

The WBC super welterweight world championship held by Manny Pacquiao is being declared vacant, following the unanimous voting of the WBC Board of Governors, due to the inability of the champion to defend his WBC title.

The clause in which the WBC is basing its decision is rule 1.25 (b)

Rule 1.25 Loss of WBC Championship Status. The privilege, trademark and accolade of WBC championship which is owned exclusively by the WBC, may be lost in the following cases, among others:

a) In the event that any WBC champion chooses to fight within his division without WBC certification, or in a title bout of another boxing organization, and loses to his opponent, he shall automatically lose his WBC title, which will be declared vacant.

b) Any WBC champion in a particular division who becomes world champion in another WBC division or other boxing organization, or any boxer who wins two championships of different divisions, must relinquish one of his titles within fifteen (15) days after becoming dual titleholder, with the title relinquished becoming vacant.

c) In the event that the holder of a WBC title is convicted and imprisoned for a crime involving moral turpitude, the WBC Board of Governors shall declare the champion's title vacated and the procedure to fill the vacant title is set out in these Rules and Regulations.

d)  In the event that any boxer rated for any WBC title has been convicted and imprisoned for a crime involving moral turpitude, such boxer will be dropped from the ratings.

Pacquiao, who will always be treated with respect, pride, and honor, as we have always done for all of the other historical WBC champions in the super welterweight division.

Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, which was one of the founding countries of the WBC, which stands as tall as a tower, has had an outstanding career as a WBC champion for 12 long years, first winning the WBC flyweight world title on November 4, 1998, in Thailand. He also won world titles at super featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and won the super welterweight title on November 13, 2010 - 12 years with five of the premier WBC titles. He is also the only fighter in the 49-year history of the WBC to ever win its absolute highest title – the Diamond Belt, which is only given to the greatest fighters of our time.

Manny Pacquiao also had 12 championship fights of the WBC International title in his career, as well as two of the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) title. The OPBF was also one of the founders of the WBC.

Manny Pacquiao will be always remembered as one of the greatest champions of the many legends that the WBC has had, like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Carlos Monsoon, Wilfredo Gomez, Alexis Argüello, Salvador Sanchez, José Nápoles, Flash Elorde, Vitali Klitschko, among many other greats that have written their names with golden letters in the history of WBC boxing, at their times, which Manny will also leave, without a doubt, when he retires.

The official challenger to fight for the vacant title is Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, by his holding the WBC superwelterweight world Silver championship, which the rules have as the automatic challenger for the undisputed WBC title. The contenders to fight for the vacant title will be decided by a voting of the Board in the WBC.

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