World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman made a massive blunder when he spoke of the WBC not stripping Floyd Mayweather of their welterweight title despite being convicted of a misdemeanour (which is in their rules).
The undefeated American Mayweather is scheduled to begin a 90-day sentence on January 6th for charges of domestic violence against the mother of his three children, Josie Harris.
Sulaiman earlier made a statement to the Manila Standard saying that while,“beating a lady is highly critical, it is not a major sin or crime.”
Realising his earlier gaff Sulaiman and the WBC were then compelled to release the statement on Wednesday afternoon:
“I would like to clarify my feelings about some recent comments of mine, and apologize for not finding the right words in English - there are many times when I cannot find the right words to express what I really mean. The comments attributed to me are a complete misrepresentation of my true feelings," Sulaiman said.
“I am a devoted husband and father of two daughters, and have three wonderful granddaughters, as well. The Virgin of Guadalupe is my superior saint. I am the person that developed female boxing, and I am the person in the WBC that has always been concerned with the protection of women in the ring. I have always been a strong supporter of women’s rights and the protection of women in society. Those are the facts – everybody knows me.
“In my comments, I just meant to say that I have always been in the corner of all the boxers of the world. They are my greatest heroes and, good or bad, I will always be in their corner.
“I know Floyd Mayweather personally, and I know that he’s a good person. I know that he accepted a plea deal for a serious offense, and I did not intend to make light of that. The judge sentenced him to 90 days, which I think is fair.
"But I know that Floyd is a good human being with a good heart, and I am confident that he will redeem himself with his actions in the future.
“I just wanted Floyd to know that the WBC will always stay strongly in his corner.”
The plain fact is that whilst Sulaiman made a lengthy statement back tracking on an earlier goof(andwhich made things even worse) he still failed to strip Mayweather Jr of his title. Its got nothing to do with losing those lucrative sanctioning fees I suppose! Jose, you have always talked a good fight when it comes to defending what whats right. Stripping Mayweather of his welterweight title after his misdemeanour conviction was the perfect opportunity for you to finally make a stand but you failed to do so.
December 28, 2011