When Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao step into the ring on Saturday night, they’ll be fighting for legacy, pride, nearly $100 million and a specially made WBC “Emerald Belt” that is worth nearly $1 million.
The belt is specially designed for this fight and features 3,000 miniature emeralds. Everything about this fight so far has been about money, and so it’s no surprise that the special belt would be so flashy and expensive.
The emerald-studded WBC belt was finally presented on April 21 at a WBC event in Mexico. The belt was commissioned by the WBC as soon as the big fight between the two champs was announced. The belt features 3,000 real miniature emeralds and valued at $1 million. It will be transported to Las Vegas before the end of month by a private security team.
During the press conference at Foro Mazaryk in Mexico City on April 21, the emerald belt was introduced to hundreds of journalists. In attendance were Larry Holmes, who represented former WBC champions, and Adonis Stevenson, who represented current WBC champions.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said,”The WBC displayed over six generations of championship belts today, and presented the unique Emerald Belt. We are very happy, because everybody in the industry worked together to make this fight happen – the television networks, the promoters, the managers, and especially the boxers. We had at the press conference, together on the same stage, Televisa and Azteca for the first time ever. Both will show the fight in Mexico on May 2nd.”
“This belt has more than 3,000 emeralds, it’s beautiful and it’s absolutely priceless!” Sulaiman added.
The presentation of the Emerald Belt features a new achievement in the sport of boxing. According to Sulaiman, Holmes was selected to formally present the belt because he is one of the greatest champions that the sport ever had, having been a heavyweight champion for seven and a half years.
World Liberty TV, Boxing Team was on hand to witness the debut of the WBC Emerald Belt valued over 1 million dollars to be given to the winner of Floyd “Money” Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao Mega fight.