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20 NOVEMBER 2018


WBC News: Pacquiao To Relinquish Junior-Middleweight Crown

The WBC is in the process of declaring vacant the junior-middleweight championship, which is currently held by Manny Pacquiao, if the voting of the WBC Board of Governors returns a 2/3 vote in favor. Pacquiao has expressed that he does not want to defend the title and prefers not to fight in that weight division in the future. Rule 1.24 b) gives double-division champions 15 days to decide which title they want to relinquish. The WBC, as a courtesy, waited 87 days after Pacquiao’s fight against Antonio Margarito.

The rule has always been respected in the past by double champions, like the recent WBC Emeritus champion Sergio Martínez, as well as Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, Wilfred Benitez, Alexis Argüello, Terry Norris, and so many others after winning their second championship in different weight divisions.

The WBC, after knowing the result of the voting, will present a program to fill the vacancy of such an important WBC title that has been held by some of the greatest fighters in history, like Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar de la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Tommy Hearns, Terry Norris, and of course, Manny Pacquiao, who will always be treated with respect, pride, and honor, as we have always done for all of the other historical WBC champions in the super welterweight division.

Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, which was one of the founding countries of the WBC which stands as tall as a tower, has had an outstanding career as a WBC champion for 12 long years, first winning the WBC flyweight world title on November 4, 1998, in Thailand. He also won world titles at super featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and won the super welterweight title on November 13, 2010 - 12 years with five of the premier WBC titles. He is also the only fighter in the 49-year history of the WBC to ever win its absolute highest title - the Diamond Belt, which is only given to the greatest fighters of our time.

Manny Pacquiao also had 12 championship fights of the WBC International title in his career, as well as two of the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) title. The OPBF was also one of the founders of the WBC.

Manny Pacquiao will be always remembered as one of the greatest champions of the many legends that the WBC has had, like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chávez, Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Carlos Monzon, Wilfredo Gómez, Alexis Argüello, Salvador Sánchez, José Nápoles, Flash Elorde, Vitali Klitschko, among many other greats that have written their names with golden letters in the history of WBC boxing, at their times, which Manny will also leave, without a doubt, when he retires.


A member of the Ring Telmex Program and NABF Straw-weight champion, Juan “Churritos” Hernandez drove Youth world champion Moises “Moi” Fuentes crazy, throughout twelve rounds, to keep the North American title and show that he is ready to fight for the World Boxing Council world title in the coming months. The bout was staged at the “Sala de Armas” of the Sports City, which registered good attendance. In the end, two judges saw “Churritos” win, 116-112, 115-113 and an absentminded judge saw “Moi” win, 115-113.

The fight was very interesting, as everybody knew that “Moi” Fuentes is a great puncher and was undefeated in his professional career; he even landed a right on Hernandez´s chin in the very first round; the blow made Juan go back and bent his legs….. He almost went down, but he managed to not do so. In the sixth round he landed another right on Hernandez´s jaw that made him clinch immediately and maybe he landed another important blow, but that was all.

On the other hand, the future challenger to the World Boxing Council Straw-weight world title, who had not fought since May 2010, when he defeated Denver Cuello by Disqualification, was an arrow in the ring. He looked very fast, moving at all times from one side to the other, throwing punches in a flashing way and taking careful and good aim, as of the third round he made his young rival´s nose bleed profusely, and also made Fuentes look slow, clumsy and without distance.

“Moi”, who is a good fighter, never stopped bleeding and receiving punches, but at the same time he never stopped being dangerous, as he is a boxer who can end a fight with just one blow, however such blow never arrived. What was surprising was to see that one judge saw Fuentes win, in addition to the fact that Manager Jorge Barrera protested the decision, whereas it should have been, to be truthful, unanimous.



The young Mexican prospect Horacio Garcia (13-0, 11 KO ´s) knocked out Lizandro De Los Santos (16-8, 6 KO´s) after 2 minutes 24 seconds of the fourth round. By winning, the famous “Violent One” won the WBC Superbantamweight Youth title.

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