By Ronnie Nathanieslz
Two Mexican workshops are involved in production of the exquisite World Boxing Council Emerald belt that will be awarded to the winner of the “Fight of the Century” between eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated, pound for pound NO.1 Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2.
The WBC said the Emerald belt proudly manufactured in Mexico has been assigned to two workshops that are in charge of creating the WBC belt from Ferrari leather, containing 3,000 emeralds and one kilo of gold.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman considers what has been described as “an incredible belt, priceless and an authentic work of art. A unique piece for a unique event.”
The Emerald belt which reportedly costs $1 million was chosen by a majority of the fans in a poll conducted by the WBC by a 53 to 47 percent margin over the Onyx version of the belt.
Pacquiao had the honor of winning the first WBC Diamond Belt when he scored a 12th round TKO over Miguel Cotto on November 14, 2009.
While the key to a result in the Megafight between undefeated pound for pound No.1 Floyd Mayweather Jr and eight division world champion Manny Pcquiao may be in a left right combinations or a left or right cross but the WBC earlier said there is no correct or even-handed way to slap a price tag on the unique World Boxing Council emeralds encrusted belt.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, responding to a series of questions about the cost of the “Championship Belt of Belts” has said “it's impossible to value, it's incalculable, so it doesn’t have a price.”
Sulaiman pointed out that the luxurious and priceless work of art will contain 3,000 emeralds making it the object of abject green envy.
He said that just as with the special Gold Belt that Mayweather won after his victory over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez the WBC Emerald belt will be presented at what is expected to be a memorable press conference.
The first specially crafted Diamond Belt exclusively for elite fighters was won by Pacquiao when he scored a 12th round TKO over Miguel Cotto in November 14, 2009.
The WBC Diamond belt was manufactured using the same design as the traditional belt but the materials imclude 18K golsd fusion, 598 diamonds, 196 emeralds and 150 Swarovsky semi precious stones.