Senator Manny Pacquiao has been named “Champion for Life” by the World Boxing Association (WBA) following his loss to Yordenis Ugas in a world title bout sanctioned by the same boxing group in Las Vegas over weekend.
It was also the WBA that stripped Pacquiao of the world welterweight title and named him “champion in recess.” The WBA title at welterweight was eventually won by Ugas in a fight with Abel Ramos in September last year. Paquiao won the WBA title in a bout he won against Keith Thurman in July 2019, but was stripped of it because of inactivity.
But WBA President Gilberto Mendoza also apologized to Pacquiao for the confusion regarding the world title with the senator not making a big deal out of it.
“Thank you for being such a nice gentleman, thank you for your understanding,” said Mendoza in his Instagram account. “I was fooled, and I’m sorry about it.”
“This is the 100 years of the WBA, the centennial year, you’re gonna be a Champion for Life. I’ll have a belt made and we’ll come with a resolution later,” he added.
Pacquiao replied: “No it’s okay. You don’t need to say sorry, you’re doing a good job.”
The WBA is among the first world boxing sanctioning organizations along with the World Boxing Council.