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The WBC installs Manny Pacquiao as the top contender for Mayweather’s belt

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World Boxing News reported Monday that the WBC has installed Manny Pacquiao as the top contender for Floyd Mayweather’s welterweight belt.

“The new ratings have been released with Pacquiao at number one. But, the welterweight division is now in a voluntary stage and the topic of the mandatory will not be addressed for a few months by the WBC board of governors,” said WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman.

Finances and drug testing protocols have long been roadblocks to cementing an absurdly lucrative clash between the 36-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) and 34-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs).

As the reigning pound-for-pound king, Mayweather can face any opponent on May 3.

However, following the springtime bout, “Pretty Boy” may be obligated to battle Pacquiao or possibly be forced to relinquish the crown.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao is tentatively slated to scrap on April 12 against an unnamed opponent at a venue to be determined in the United States.

“The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” earned a lopsided unanimous decision over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios to capture the WBO international welterweight title last month at the CotaiArena in Macau.

Displaying elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, Pacquiao peppered the 27-year-old Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) with brilliant combinations that left “Bam Bam” bruised, cut and swollen.

Although a bit more cautious and reserved, Pacquiao remains an overwhelming force in the squared circle.

Comparatively, a defensive virtuoso defying Father Time with an incredible work ethic, Mayweather seems destined to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark and retire as an unbeaten champion.

Considering there is no real impediment, for the sake of wrongly starved boxing fans, Mayweather and Pacquiao should finally throw fists if they both prevail in their upcoming contests.

Unfortunately, even though “the new ratings have been released with Pacquiao at number one,” Floyd Mayweather and the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s “will (never) be addressed” in a match.

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