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Floyd Mayweather Stripped of WBO 147-Pound Title Belt

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael passed along news of the decision after the committee’s vote on Monday. Rafael was the first to report on July 4 that the World Boxing Organization officially decided to take back its 147-pound belt from the undefeated Mayweather.

According to Ryan O’Hara of ThaBoxingVoice.com, Mayweather declined to pay the $200,000 sanctioning fee for the title by the deadline. Also, he decided against vacating the WBA and WBC junior middleweight titles, which was necessary since boxers are not permitted to hold world championships in multiple weight classes, per Chris Williams of BoxingNews24.com.

After his huge victory over Pacquiao, Mayweather initially expressed his desire to vacate the titles he won, according to ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto:

I don’t know if it will be Monday or maybe a couple weeks. I’ll talk to my team and see what we need to do. Other fighters need a chance. Give other fighters a chance. I’m not greedy.

I’m a world champion in two different weight classes. It’s time to let other fighters fight for the belt.

Mayweather ultimately had a change of heart, which led to last week’s bout between Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas being fought with the interim WBO welterweight title on the line.

Per O’Hara, Mayweather’s lawyer, John R. Hornewer, said the fact that the WBO originally announced the fight as a WBO welterweight title match left a bad taste in his client’s mouth:

For Mr. Mayweather to pick up the paper and read that another promotional company has announced that it is staging a bout for the same WBO title that Mr. Mayweather won in the ring, currently holds and has not relinquished, was extremely disappointing for him and his team.

David West agrees to sign with Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs continued their run of good fortune Monday, luring free agent David West for what sources confirmed to ESPN’s Marc Stein’s will be the veteran minimum of roughly $1.5 million for next season.

West spent the last four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, with whom he opted out of a deal that would have paid him $12 million for 2015-16.

The deal follows Manu Ginobili announcing earlier in the day his return for a 14th NBA season.

The acquisition also comes on the heels of the Spurs bringing aboard highly touted free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge by way of a four-year maximum contract worth more than $80 million, which includes an opt-out after the third year.

NBA.com earlier reported the West signing.

West averaged 11.7 points last season on 47.1 percent shooting, in addition to pulling down 6.8 rebounds per game.

Sources said the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards all offered West more money, but he’s made it clear in recent days his desire to join a contender.

“At this point in my career, it’s all about winning,” West said during a recent interview with WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. “And again, I don’t want to be in a position where we’re just fighting to make the playoffs. I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the Finals.”

The Spurs would seem the ideal destination for West, considering they re-signed starters Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to go with the acquisition of Aldridge; not to mention recent announcements concerning the returns of veterans Tim Duncan and Ginobili.

The Spurs committed a considerable amount of salary-cap space to bring aboard Aldridge and re-sign Leonard and Green. So depth was a concern for the Spurs, given their limited cap flexibility.

But West agreed to a cap-friendly deal.

Marc Gasol & Grizzlies agree to 5 year deal

The Memphis Grizzlies and star center Marc Gasol have agreed to a five-year max contract worth an estimated $110 million, sources told ESPN.

The deal includes a player option that would allow Gasol to opt out and become a free agent after the fourth year of the contract, according to sources.

The exact monetary value of the deal, which was agreed to Monday, will be determined by the league’s salary cap.

As ESPN reported last week, Gasol shunned the opportunity to let interested teams court him in free agency, signaling to the rest of the league ‎that the 30-year-old essentially was unavailable to everyone except Memphis.

‎Teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers‎, New York Knicks ‎and Milwaukee Bucks‎ — all of whom had designs on making a run at the Spaniard in free agency — abandoned all plans to pitch Gasol before free agency began.

Players and teams can come to verbal agreements on deals, but no contracts can be formally signed until Thursday, when a leaguewide moratorium on roster business is lifted.

Gasol, 30, was selected with the 48th overall pick by the Lakers in the 2007 draft. In the 2008 deal that brought his brother Pau to the Lakers, Marc Gasol’s rights were sent to the Grizzlies.

In seven seasons with Memphis, Gasol has developed into one of the league’s premier big men, winning NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He was selected as first-team All-NBA last season, second-team All-NBA in 2014, and he has twice been named an All-Star (2012, ’15).

Gasol has averaged double-figure scoring in all seven of his NBA seasons, with a career-high 17.6 points per game last season in 81 games, all starts. He was regarded as the anchor of one of the league’s best defensive teams despite not being an elite rim protector (1.6 blocks per game last season).

Gasol was an integral piece to the Grizzlies’ rise, leading them to 55 wins last season and a first-round playoff victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Grizzlies have appeared in five consecutive postseasons and made it to the Western Conference finals in 2013 before bowing out in four games to the San Antonio Spurs.

Manu Ginobili Announces Return to San Antonio Spurs

Manu Ginobili announced on his Twitter account that he would be returning to the San Antonio Spursto make a run at another championship.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported the terms of Ginobili’s contract are still being worked on.

On July 5, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported the Spurs were “even more determined” to push Ginobili into coming back for one more season with LaMarcus Aldridge now in the fold.

“Pop told us he wanted Tim [Duncan] and me back next season,” Ginobili wrote in a recent La Nacion column, per Stein. ”Those words make things very difficult. Honestly, if the franchise said they didn’t want me or it was time to rebuild and wanted a younger team, that would have made things very easy for me.”

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