SULAIMAN BELIEVES WBC SHOULD NOT STRIP MAYWEATHER OF HIS TITLE
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Wed, 28 Dec 2011
World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman believes that the WBC should not strip Floyd Mayweather Jr of his welterweight title because of his being sentenced to 90 days in prison.
Sulaiman told the Manila Standard that while the “WBC officially has not decided anything yet.” Ho noted that while “beating a lady is highly critical it is not a major sin or crime.”
The WBC president feels that “we should join the service to society ruling with visits to hospitals of children with cancer.”
Sulaiman said he believes the WBC “should not touch his (Mayweather’s) career or his title because we want him to fight (Manny) Pacquiao which is the fight that the world wants and perhaps the last boxing match of both.”
The undefeated Mayweather was sentenced last week to 90 days in prison at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on a domestic violence charge involving his former girlfriend Josie Harris, the mother of his children who Mayweather was also accused of threatening.
Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa ordered Mayweather to report to jail on January 6 after the 34 year old boxer had earlier pleaded to one count of battery domestic violence and no contest on two counts of harassment.
Earlier, WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman, son of Don Jose said that while under the WBC regulations when a champion or highly-ranked fighter serves a prison term for a crime the fighter is stripped of his title and removed from the rankings, they would stand by Mayweather.
Sulaiman was quoted by boxingscene.com as saying “The WBC has always been in the corner of the boxer and the organization was created to protect fighters. Floyd is in voluntary defense stage and although there is no request or his promoter for a fight in May (as earlier announced) we will discuss his legal situation and try to achieve the most fair outcome for the fighter and the fans.”
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