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article imageManny Pacquiao Gives Up WBC Super Welterweight Crown

By Leo Reyes     Feb 6, 2011 in Sports
Manny Pacquiao will no longer fight the big guys in the super welterweight division according to his Canadian adviser Michael Koncz.
The decision came after World Boxing Council (WBC) head Jose Sulaiman inquired if the Filipino boxing champion intends to defend his WBC super welterweight title.
Koncz said Pacquiao will no longer fight at 154 after the pound-for-pound king suffered tremendous power shots in his November bout with Antonio Margarito. Margarito held about a 17-pound advantage over the Filipino boxer.
Although Pacquiao won convincingly over the giant Margarito, Koncz feels Pacquiao will be safer at 147.
"Because of those basic concerns we have no intention for Manny to fight at 154. From this day forward, the maximum weight would be 147 pounds," said Koncz, who will send "a thank you letter" stating they "appreciate what the WBC has done and that Manny wants to free the belt so that others have the opportunity to proudly wear the WBC belt."
The decision essentially shuts out the possibility of a clash with The Ring magazine's "Fighter of the Year" Sergio Martinez. The Argentinean middleweight king is fresh from his second round knockout victory over Paul Williams last November.
Martinez, who is one of the most talked-about opponents for Pacquiao after the WBO Welterweight Champion is done with Shane Mosley May 7th, is rated at light middleweight and middleweight.
Boxing insiders believe Martinez will have difficulty going down to 147 where Pacquiao will be campaigning, starting with his fight with Shane Mosley.
In a related development, Jose Sulaiman, president of the WBC threatened to sue Pacquiao for non-payment of sanctioning fees covering his fight with Oscar De La Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Koncz said that he planned to have the sanctioning issues resolved.
"I am going to send an e-mail to Top Rank instructing them to pay $50,000 for the De La Hoya fight because that was the agreement and we should honor it," said Koncz.
"Top Rank would deduct whatever the sanction fee was from Manny's purse and pay it directly without any consultation, without any guidance," said Koncz. "So if there is or isn't a percent due, that's a problem between Top Rank and the WBC."
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is set to travel to the US next week for the promotional tour that will take him and Shane Mosley to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.
Pacquiao may have an audience with US president Barack Obama at the White House. He is also scheduled to be presented as guest of the US Senate.
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