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PACQUIAO LOOKS FORWARD TO REGAINING WBC WELTERWEIGHT TITLE


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Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in a letter to World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman has said he looks forward to regaining the WBC welterweight title or even a WBC belt at a lighter weight.

In a letter emailed by Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz prior to their departure for the US on Wednesday night to begin a promotional tour to hype the fight against Shane Mosley bout on May 7, Koncz told the WBC president “We look forward to the opportunity in the future to proudly represent the World Boxing Council as one of its World Champions in a weight division of 147 lbs or less.”

In the letter Pacquiao told Sulaiman, “It is with a heavy heart that we must notify the WBC of our decision to vacate the WBC Super Welterweight Championship belt as we learned from the Margarito bout, fighting at 154 lbs is a very dangerous proposition for Manny Pacquiao as on fight night we were at a 15lb weight disadvantage. I am sure you will understand that the health and safety of the fighter must come first.”

Pacquiao said “we believe that other young boxers in this division should have the opportunity to obtain greatness and their boxing careers flourish by proudly competing for and wearing the WBC Super Welterweight Championship.”

For his part Koncz said “we are both well aware Manny Pacquiao has with great pride and honor held a number of World Championship belts of the World Boxing Council. There is and always will be a special place in our hearts for the way WBC and you personally treated us and the great honors you have bestowed upon Mr. Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao won four WBC world titles beginning with the flyweight championship when he won by an 8th round knockout over Thai hero Chatchai Sasakul on December 4, 1998. He also won the WBC super featherweight title with a split decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez on March 15, 2008, the WBC lightweight title with a 9th round TKO of David Diaz on June 28, 2008, the vacabt WBC light middleweight title with a12th round unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito on November 13, 2010 and the first WBC Diamond Belt with a 12th round TKO over Miguel Cotto on November 14, 2009.

He also won the WBC International super bantamweight and super featherweight titles in his career.



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