Manny Pacquiao is now an ex-champion after the World Boxing Association’s move to strip him of its “super” welterweight title.
This after the Pacquiao’s inability to defend his title since taking it in July 2019 due to COVID-19. Per the WBA, Pacquiao was named “Champion in Recess” while Cuban boxer Yorden Ugas was promoted to welterweight “super champion.”
The association said, “According to its rule C.14, WBA dictates that champions and their teams are required to know the WBA rules — to understand the regulations. Rule C. 22-24 states that when a champion is unable to defend the belt for medical, legal, or other reasons beyond his control, he may be named champion in recess.”
Ugas took to Twitter after he was named the champion, “Thanks to the WBA for elevating me to Super Champion and doing the best for the sport. Manny Pacquiao is a legend and he will always be a champion.” He added he was open to fighting Pacquiao.