Sulaiman's Position on Pacquiao's "Title" Controversy

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman has clarified the position of the WBC with regard to the on-going discussions on whether Filipino ring idol and national treasure Manny Pacquiao is a four-division or five-division world champion.

In an overseas telephone conversation with Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today, the WBC president despite praising Pacquiao as the greatest fighter in the world today following his ninth round clinical destruction of lightweight champion David Diaz said he doesn’t believe Pacquiao is a five-division champion.

That’s because Sulaiman said “when Pacquiao beat (Marco Antonio” Barrera, Barrera was not a champion I believe.” He made it clear that in their November 2003 battle at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas where Pacquiao annihilated Barrera in eleven rounds “they did not fight for the title.”

HBO in a write-up on Barrera which was updated in October 2007 said that “despite winning the WBC featherweight crown from (Erik) Morales, Barrera refused the belt, choosing to set an example for other world-class fighters who didn’t need a sanctioning body to declare them as champion.”

The article went on, “one important honor that Barrera did receive after the win over Morales (on June 22, 2002) was the prestigious Ring featherweight title belt, which honored Marco as the people’s champion..

HBO added that “in defense of that belt, Barrera scored wins over well-regarded former champions Johnny Tapia (W12) and Kevin Kelley (TKO 4) in November 2002 and April of 2003 respectively, adding to his prestige as the best 126-pounder in the world.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by cyutetrick on 05-20-2009

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;3730731]World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman has clarified the position of the WBC with regard to the on-going discussions on whether Filipino ring idol and national treasure Manny Pacquiao is a four-division or five-division world champion. [[URL=]details[/URL]][/QUOTE] jose should…

Comment by dyolens on 05-20-2009

its sulaiman's opinion which as dear as his sanctioning fees are nevertheless worthless in comparison to RING MAGAZINE's. manny is 5 division alright, and 6 by now!

Comment by grayfist on 07-09-2008

[quote=mexicomanda1;3733067]i absolutely agree with jose sulaiman. why should he make an exception for pacquiao where fighters of yesteryear's RING magazine title were not counted?[/quote]Maybe he can't make exceptions about fighters in the past for a reason that comes quickly to…

Comment by yah_boxing on 07-09-2008

[QUOTE=2quick2slick;3733025]Ring title is 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 times better than Sulaiman's WBC crap. Hell, you can even purchase a genuine WBC belt online. If you got the dough, you can have the belt displayed in your living room in no time. Sulaiman is…

Comment by Chups on 07-07-2008

Besides for the RING was for the LINEAL World Championship fight!! Sulaiman when are you going to croak?

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