WBO to award special belt to Pac-Marquez winner
MANILA, Philippines – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) will award a special championship belt to the winner of the fourth fight between rivals Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.
According to a report from PhilBoxing, the decision to award the special belt was one of the first resolutions made by the WBO during its Silver Jubilee Convention in Florida.
Pacquiao and Marquez will fight for the fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but there will be no championships at stake in the fight.
This, after Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight belt to unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. in a highly unpopular and controversial decision last June.
Leon Panoncillo Jr., the WBO vice president for the Asia Pacific region, explained the decision to award the special championship.
“Since both Pacquiao and Marquez are two of the most dominant boxers in the last decade, the WBO will name the winner of their fourth fight as ‘WBO Champion of the Decade,’ and a special belt will be created for this purpose,” Panoncillo Jr. said.
He added that their motion “will show that the WBO cares for Pacquiao and hopefully this will appease Pacquiao personally and to his thousands of fans,” especially after the controversial loss against Bradley.
Marquez currently holds the WBO’s interim junior welterweight title.
Earlier, Pacquiao was named the WBO’s “Fighter of the Decade,” with compatriot Nonito Donaire Jr. getting the “Fighter of the Year” award.