Boxing is one of the biggest sports in the world, but it still has its issues. There are few people in the boxing world more qualified to talk about those concerns than Floyd Mayweather. Here’s a look at why he thinks it’s time for boxing to get a specific cleanup.
Boxing has too many belts
Like CBS Sports reports, Mayweather recently discussed how there are far too many belts in the boxing world. He said, “Now when a fighter fights, every fighter is a champion.” He blamed the many sanctioning bodies in boxing for this problem, though he also freely admitted his own boxing company, Mayweather Promotions, shares some of the blame too.
Currently, there are four major sanctioning bodies in boxing: the WBO, WBA, WBC, and IBF. Each of these sanctioning bodies has its own belt, but they are not the only organizations with belts on the line. As a result, as Mayweather said, there are many world champions in the boxing world, so it gets messy.
Mayweather also said, “We gotta clean the sport of boxing up. This don’t look good.” Mayweather said that one of the main reasons why there are so many belts available is because those sanctioning bodies want to collect more fees from boxers.
Is this a problem for boxing?
Mayweather isn’t alone in this. Many people think there are simply too many belts. For example, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn also had similar feelings, according to Boxing Scene. That said, since Hearn is a promoter and not a boxer, he’s in a good position to make changes.
That’s exactly what he’s doing. Hearn wants to copy the UFC’s model where there’s only one belt per weight class, and he’s setting up the blueprint to do just that. With that being said, it’s not clear when boxing fans can expect to see Hearn’s reforms take shape, as he also said they may take a while.
There are two main reasons why boxing insiders think there are too many belts. First, if everyone has a belt, then it’s meaningless. That’s why some boxers have even thrown their belt into the trash to signal its worthlessness, according to Boxing Scene. Secondly, with so many belts, it’s confusing for fans to follow. In the UFC, the champ is the best in their weight class, but that’s not necessarily the case in boxing.
What’s next for Floyd Mayweather
Since Mayweather has, by and large, retired, seemingly for good, he’s moving his workload behind the scenes. Recently, he posted about training his kids and other family members, much like what his dad and uncle did. Since he’s arguably one of the best boxers to ever live, it’s possible that his skills in the ring turn into coaching skills.
Mayweather is also taking a bigger role in his company. As Boxing Scene reports, Mayweather is talking business with UFC President Dana White. It’s not known what the two have been talking about. While it’s possible it has to do with another boxing match between Mayweather and a popular UFC fighter, it’s also possible that it’s more business-related.
Regardless of what Mayweather does, however, he remains one of boxing’s biggest and most important figures in the modern era.