Manny Pacquiao (54-4-3, 38 knockouts) lost his WBO welterweight title during his last outing against Timothy Bradley (losing a controversial split decision), leaving the Filipino congressman beltless at the moment. Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 knockouts) is the interim WBO light-welterweight champion, but he’ll be moving up to the 147-pound division to face Pacquiao for the fourth time on Dec. 8.
Fortunately for “Pac Man,” the WBO has decided to create a “Champion of the Decade” title, so he’ll have an opportunity to secure a title when he squares up against Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Why the WBO decided to make up another meaningless title is beyond me.
Marquez and Pacquiao have enough history with one another, and the WBO’s “Champion of the Decade” title only makes a mockery of what should be another entertaining fight between the two. Boxing is already swamped with worthless titles, and the logical move would be to reduce the number of belts, not add new silly ones.
Call me cynical, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the WBO ends up charging a sanctioning fee. It sure would explain their decision.
While both men are solid boxers, neither man is deserving of a “Champion of the Decade” title from any sanctioning body, considering the fact there is some guy named Floyd Mayweather that has been a lot more impressive during that time period.
Besides being undefeated, Mayweather is currently the WBA super world light-middleweight champion, going up to 154 pounds to dethrone Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao also had an opportunity to fight Cotto, but he wasn’t interested in moving up to the light-middleweight division.
Manny Pacquiao is 2-0-1 in his fights against Marquez, but many boxing authorities scored all three fights in favor of “Dinamita.” While Pacquiao has consistently struggled against Marquez, Mayweather gave the Mexican a boxing lesson during their 2009 encounter.
It’s bad enough that the WBO is creating titles on a whim, but they can at least try to name it appropriately.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.