A championship belt that truly sparkles

The Diamond Belt will go to the winner of Saturday's light-heavyweight title fight between the...

The Diamond Belt will go to the winner of Saturday's light-heavyweight title fight between the champion, Canada's Jean Pascal, and American challenger Bernard Hopkins. The belt will be handed out for only the second time in history. (STEVENS LEBLANC/QMI Agency)

STEPHANE CADORETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY - Philippine boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao is the only fighter on earth to hold the World Boxing Council's Diamond Belt, but that will change Saturday after the light-heavyweight title fight between Canadian Jean Pascal and his American challenger, Bernard Hopkins.

The symbolic belt was created by the WBC exclusively for the winner of bouts involving the world's top boxers. The item was handmade by Mexican craftsmen and adorned with 800 diamonds, emeralds and rubies around an 18-carat gold centrepiece.

Pacquiao won the expensive hardware following his victory over Miguel Cotto in November 2009. WBC president Jose Sulaiman told reporters the Diamond Belt is reserved for the best fighters in the world, regardless of weight.

"We created this belt because the belief in the boxing world was that Pacquiao and Cotto were among the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet and we wanted to do something special," he said.

"Quebec will host one of history's greatest boxers (Hopkins) who will fight a local hero (Pascal). We sincerely believe that this fight will be historic and that it makes sense for this belt to be in play."

The Diamond Belt is worth $60,000, compared with $2,000 for a standard title belt.

Pascal (26-1-0, 16 KOs) is trying to retain his WBC and IBO world light-heavyweight titles against Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) a former middleweight and light-heavyweight champion.


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