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Bradley formally vacates WBO title

By accepting a bigger fight and more money on the line against Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley Jr had to vacate his WBO title.

By accepting a bigger fight and more money on the line against Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley Jr was unable to face his mandatory challenger and had to vacate his WBO title.

With a much higher-profile and far more financially beneficial fight against Manny Pacquaio being set late last year as the headliner for an April 9 HBO PPV main event, Timothy Bradley Jr. was unable to fight mandatory WBO challenger Sadam Ali and has officially vacated his title.

Bradley wrote a letter to WBO president Paco Valcarcel on Feb. 4 to give notice that he was formerly relinquishing his title, explaining that he understands that fighting Pacquiao in April means he won’t be able to fight Ali. He then thanked the WBO for allowing him to represent the organization as a two-time champion.

He won the WBO welterweight title twice and previously held the WBO junior welterweight title.

According to a report by Dan Rafael of ESPN, Valcarcel wrote a letter back to Bradley that commended him for always putting on the most exciting fights for fans and that he was an excellent champion and representative for the WBO.

Valcarcel also wrote that the WBO has planned “special recognition” for winner of Bradley and Pacquiao’s third fight.

Bradley (33-1, 13 KOs) first won the WBO welterweight belt when he shockingly beat Pacquiao in 2012 by split decision and successfully defended it against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manual Marquez before losing it back to Pacquiao in 2014. He won the belt back by beating Jessie Vargas in June 2015 and defended it against Brandon Rios in a very impressive performance last November.

Ali worked toward earning the title shot the past two years. He won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title in August 2014 by split decision over Jeremy Bryan. He then retained it by stopping Luis Carlos Abregu that November. Last year he won the WBA International welterweight title by unanimous decision over Francisco Santana to remain unbeated in his career, improving to 22-0 with 13 KO victories.

Ali will fight Vargas (26-1, 9 Kos) for the vacant WBO World welterweight title on March 5 in an HBO televised fight at the DC Armory in the nation’s capital. Vargas’ only loss on his record was against Bradley last June when they fought for the interim belt.

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