Special belt to be created for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao victor

Special belt will be created for Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, possibly with emeralds or platinum

It is the most anticipated fight in the history of boxing, so it only makes sense the victor will receive a special belt, possibly containing emeralds or platinum. 

Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will square off in the ring May 2, finally. While the two prepare for the bout, a special welterweight champion belt will be created, said World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman.

“For this special recognition, I would like to have emeralds or platinum, but everything will be defined during the next weeks,” Sulaiman said in a statement posted to the WBC website. “This is because of the magnitude of the event, which will be broadcast via TV networks globally.”

No additional details were given about what will surely be an epic piece of hardware.

Mayweather enters the fight with a record of 47-0, 26 wins coming by knockout, while Pacquiao has a record of 57-5-2 (38 knockouts).

Sulaiman acknowledged the fight would once again bring boxing into the mainstream.

“It came in a good moment, and it will be an emotive event,” Sulaiman said. “Both are obviously putting their legacy at stake, to prove who's the best, satisfying an enormous created expectance. They are also competing to be considered one of the best 10 fighters in the entire boxing history.”

Still, the WBC president said it was disappointing that a fight so many want to see will be practically impossible to attend for the average person.

“It is a big shame that tickets are staying with wealthy people,” Sulaiman said. “However, boxing fans will have the opportunity to watch the fight via TV. Economic interests are involved with resulting high prices."

Follow Ryan Parker on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Copyright © 2017, Los Angeles Times
EDITION: California | U.S. & World