Manny Pacquiao was honoured as the fighter of the decade by the Boxing Writer's Association of America today, along with matching Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield by winning his third fighter of the year award.
Pacquiao (50-3 with 2 draws and 38 KOs) capped off a remarkable decade by stopping welterweight Miguel Cotto in the final round in November to win a title in a record-setting seventh weight division. Pacquiao will return to the ring in March when he defends his WBO belt against Joshua Clottey at the US$1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
Pacquiao says he will accept his awards haul in person at the 85th boxing writers awards dinner on June 11 in New York City.
The reigning pound-for-pound king was chosen fighter of the decade over Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, was honoured with a record-setting fourth Eddie Futch Award for trainer of the year. Futch once trained Roach, who eventually became his assistant and has gone on to train the likes of Israel Vazquez and James Toney.
Juan Manuel Marquez's ninth-round knockout of Juan Diaz was picked as fight of the year, an award that was renamed this year for Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
The John F.X. Condon award for long and meritorious service was given to Jerry Izenberg, who covered boxing and other sports for decades at The Star Ledger in Newark, New Jersey.
Former three-division champion Alexis Arguello was honoured posthumously with the Marvin Kohn Award, given to an individual who exemplifies goodwill. The Hall of Famer who eventually became mayor of Managua, Nicaragua, died in July at age 57.
ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore won the Sam Taub Award for broadcasting excellence, and Showtime broadcaster Nick Charles and former heavyweight contender George Chuvalo shared the Bill Crawford Award for perseverance in overcoming adversity.
Sourced from: The New Zealand Herald