By Miguel Rivera
The World Boxing Organization has ruled that this Saturday's fight between Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas will have the WBO "interim" welterweight title at stake.
Originally, Bradley-Vargas was scheduled to have the vacant WBO title on the line. Mayweather, who also has the WBC/WBA titles, captured the WBO belt last month during his unification with beltholder Manny Pacquiao.
The WBO had believed Mayweather was going to vacate the belt, but once his team became aware that Bradley-Vargas was sanctioned as a title fight - Mayweather's lawyer sent a letter to the WBO advising them of his client's intention to remain as champion, at least for the moment.
The two sides reached a resolution on June 5th, where Mayweather has until July 3rd to pay the $200,000 sanctioning fee for the Pacquiao fight and confirm his intentions, by way of a signed letter, that he plans to vacate his WBC/WBA titles at junior middleweight. Mayweather has not defended his 154-pounds titles in nearly two years and the WBO precludes any fighter from holding belts in multiple divisions.