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Mayweather Clarifies Contract Weight is 147 For Maidana

By Keith Idec

Floyd Mayweather Jr. clarified on a conference call Wednesday that the maximum contracted weight for his rematch against Marcos Maidana is the welterweight limit of 147 pounds.

Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive officer for Mayweather Promotions and Mayweather’s close friend/adviser, raised eyebrows on Marcos Maidana’s conference call last week by noting that Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) and Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) will fight for the WBC welterweight title and the WBC super welterweight title Mayweather won from Canelo Alvarez nearly a year ago. While Mayweather made the contract weight known Wednesday, neither Ellerbe nor Mayweather provided a legitimate reason why the WBC would sanction the Mayweather-Maidana rematch as a super welterweight title fight when the super welterweight/junior middleweight division begins at 148 pounds and caps at 154.

Mayweather actually sounded surprised when asked on the conference call about the contract weight.

“What do you mean?,” Mayweather asked. “We’re fighting at ’47.”

Ellerbe quickly interjected when a reporter asked why, then, the WBC’s 154-pound title will be at stake Sept. 13 at MGM Grand ($74.95 in HD; 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

“Because in an unprecendented move, that’s what we’re doing,” Ellerbe said. “Floyd is defending his WBC title at 154 [in addition to his WBC 147-pound title]. It’s only been done one other time in the sport, when Sugar Ray Leonard fought Donny Lalonde. Floyd brings something different to boxing. That’s why we’re doing it.”

Leonard defeated Lalonde by ninth-round technical knockout in a September 1988 bout in Las Vegas that was contested for Lalonde’s WBC light heavyweight title and the then-vacant WBC super middleweight crown. Lalonde weighed in at 167 pounds for that fight, one below the super middleweight limit. Leonard weighed in at 165 pounds.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by manoamano on 09-05-2014

How can anyone call themselves a true fan of the sport and accept these shenanigans? I tell you only idiots would pay to watch this circus act and think it's elite boxing! Things will only get worse in boxing until…

Comment by g24fella on 09-04-2014

This is not a middleweight fight and the 154 pound belt should not be at stake. If Floyd does not want to fight at 154, he should vacate or be stripped. It is Leonard Ellerbe's job that say whatever will…

Comment by megadeth on 09-04-2014

This is absolutely retarded. Just another way to hold onto the 154 title without actually fighting there. The WBC shows how corrupt they are approving this garbage & Floyd deserves to year it about this one.

Comment by Deevel916 on 09-04-2014

[QUOTE=DLT;14911539]well I know he does that but thats again not that absurd. Alot of celebs respond like that to questions. Im not saying its right or wrong. If Floyd has a stance then he should make it clear why he…

Comment by Deevel916 on 09-04-2014

So if Maidana wins he would be a champ at 154 despite never fighting at 154. Any other mainstream sport would have been laughed out of existance with a move like this.

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