Pacquiao can still win
8th World Title if he fights in 147-lb division
By ALEX P. VIDAL /
If any other world boxing body will offer Manny Pacquiao
a title shot at the 147-lb division and he will win, he can become the
first human being to pocket eight world titles in eight different
divisions, technically speaking.
This hypothesis is
supported by the fact that when he recently battled Miguel Angel Cotto
and knocked him out in the 12th stanza, they disputed the 145 lbs
Even if the World
Boxing Organization (WBO) recognized the win as a “welterweight”
championship, Pacquiao can still pocket the legitimate “welterweight”
crown in the World Boxing Foundation (WBF), International Boxing
Association (IBA), World Boxing Union (WBU), or World Boxing
Association (WBA), the only remaining world boxing bodies that have
not sanctioned a world title fight involving the 30-year-old
A promoter cannot add
any weight category in boxing.
boxing, there are only 17 weight categories – from mini flyweight or
straw weight to heavyweight – and each weight has its numerical
emphasis. A 140-lb or 63.5 kg is super lightweight, junior
welterweight or light welterweight.
Next is 147 lbs or
66.7 kg and is called welterweight.
Pacquiao has won world
championship belts in the following divisions: flyweight (WBC against
Chatchai Sasakul), super bantamweight (IBF against Lehlohono Ledwaba),
featherweight (WBC against Erik Morales), super featherweight (WBC
against Juan Manuel Marquez), lightweight (WBC against David Diaz),
light welterweight (IBO against Ricky Hatton), and recently
welterweight (WBO against Cotto).
The WBF welterweight
division is now vacant and the number one contender is Floyd
Mayweather Jr. while the number two contender is Shane Mosley.
If Pacquiao will fight
for WBF title either against Mayweather or Mosely and win, he will
become unreachable in as far as record in the number of world titles
won is concerned.