Manny Pacquiao is now champion in recess after the WBA or World Boxing Association stripped him of his super welterweight belt due to inactivity. As per WBA Rule C.14, as stated on its official website, the association dictates that champions and their teams must know the WBA rules, to understand the regulations. WBA Rule C.22-24 also clarifies that when a champion cannot defend the belt for medical, legal or other reasons beyond his control, he may be named champion in recess.
Manny Pacquiao’s camp was baffled by the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) decision to take the super welterweight title belt away from the legendary Filipino fighter. MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons said he has no idea about the boxing body’s decision to declare Pacquiao a “champion in recess.”
The WBA has decided to hand over the title to Cuban professional boxer Yordenis Ugas (26-4, 12 KOs), who has gratefully announced the news on his Twitter account. He also expressed his willingness to face the eight-division champion in the future. Pacquiao won the super welterweight belt in July 2019 when he defeated American Keith Thurman, but has since been unable to defend the belt due to the raging coronavirus pandemic.
Terrence Crawford, Conor McGregor, Errol Spence Jr., and most recently Ryan Garcia, among others, have all expressed their desire to land either a title shot or an exhibition fight with the only eight-division world champion, Pacquiao, but unfortunately, nothing has been materialized still due to the coronavirus pandemic.