Pacquiao in a corner

FLORIDA - The IBO has issued a challenge to Manny Pacquiao to defend his junior welterweight title or risk being stripped of the crown.

FLORIDA - The IBO has issued a challenge to Manny Pacquiao to defend his junior welterweight title or risk being stripped of the crown.

The IBO said the 32-year-old Filipino has 10 weeks to decide whether to defend the title he won in May from Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Miguel Cotto in a mega welterweight bout in Las Vegas on November 14. The IBO title is the only current belt Pacquiao holds.

"Manny Pacquiao was notified that he will be given time to decide whether to defend his championship or vacate the title," said IBO president Ed Levine.

"He is still well within his time requirements to make a title defence in the weight class. So we'll allow him a chance to decide and notify us." - Sapa-AFP

X