GAMES and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra has appealed to the World Boxing Association to restore the WBA super welterweight belt of Manny Pacquiao, who was stripped of his crown by the Puerto Rico-based ring body last month for not fighting for over a year.
“With GAB being the professional sports governing body in the Philippines, and with due respect to the WBA, may we be enlightened as to the grounds why Mr. Pacquiao was stripped from (sic) his title,” Mitra asked WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza in a letter dated Feb. 9.
“One of our mandates is to look after the overall welfare of our professional boxer-licensees, one of whom is Mr. Pacquiao,” Mitra explained in the letter, copy furnished to WBA championships committee chairman Carlos Chavez.
Pacquiao had not fought since wresting the WBA super welterweight strap with a close split decision win erstwhile undefeated Keith Thurman in July 2019.
While the GAB tries to make a case for him, Pacquiao tweeted yesterday that he is ready and raring to get back to the gym.
“Training camp has begun. I’m ready to get back in the ring and to further add to my legacy in the sport of boxing. Big news coming. @ParadigmSports @AudieAttar,” he said on his official Twitter account.