By Karl Freitag
WBC President Jose Sulaiman, upon hearing that the bout between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley will not be for Mosley’s WBA welterweight title, has announced that the WBC will offer the WBC Diamond Belt to the Mayweather-Mosley winner and be recognized as WBC Diamond world champion, being certain that if Mayweather wins he’ll proudly accept the belt. “In history, there has been only one world champion who has won the WBC Diamond Belt, the idol of the Philippines and the world Manny Pacquiao,” said Sulaiman in a statement. “The winner of Mayweather vs. Mosley also deserves to be crowned as WBC Diamond world champion.” If the WBC is not allowed to present the belt in the ring, they will do so in the locker room of the winner.
What’s interesting about this decision is the fact that although Manny Pacquiao already holds the WBC Diamond Belt world championship at welterweight, Mayweather-Mosley will not be for an “interim” WBC Diamond Belt world championship. In essence, the WBC would be awarding the same belt and same title to another fighter in the same division as Pacman.