Mayweather-Pacquiao winner to receive special belt

Let’s ignore, for a moment, the fact that both participants in this fight will be able to buy just about any belt or other accessory on Earth with their payout from this fight, but the World Boxing Council plans to create a “very special exquisite” belt to be presented to the victor of the Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight scheduled for May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden.

That’s according to a statement from WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman posted on on Wednesday.

“For this special recognition I would like to have emeralds or platinum, but everything will be defined during the next weeks. This is because of the magnitude of the event, which will be broadcast via TV networks globally.”

The isn’t the first time the WBC has created a special belt for a special fight. The organization created an honorary “Diamond Championship” belt in 2009 to award the winner of a historic fight between two high-profile and elite boxers.

Pacquiao was awarded the Welterweight Diamond belt after a TKO of Miguel Cotto in November 2009. Mayweather received the Super Welterweight Diamond belt in May 2012 after winning a unanimous decision against … Miguel Cotto.

The two boxing titans have agreed to split an expected $200 million purse — with 60% going to Mayweather and 40% going to Pacquiao — from the May 2 bout.

As for more widely-recognized championships that will be in play on that night, Mayweather will put his WBC and World Boxing Association welterweight titles against Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title.

Brett Steidler is the Online Communities Director at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Contact him at

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