Manny Pacquiao Wins “Fighter of the Year” Award

Less than a month since becoming a congressman in his home country of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao continued his winning streak by adding another award to his collection of boxing honors. Pacquiao was fitted on Friday by the Boxing Writers Association of America as “Fighter of the Year,” marking the third time that the seven-division champion has won the honor.

“I am thankful that, just like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and other boxers, I decided to get into boxing,” Pacquiao said in his acceptance speech at the Roosevelt Hotel. Pacquiao, who won over Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto last year, also received the special distinction of “Fighter of the Decade.”

Also honored during the ceremonies was the man credited for helping Pacquiao become the fighter that he is now– Freddie Roach, who was given the “Trainer of the Year” for the fourth time.

Meanwhile, Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz were honored for the Fight of the Year. Marquez defeated Diaz via a 9th round TKO when they clashed for the vacant WBO lightweight title and the WBA Super World lightweight title on February 28 last year. The two boxers will clash again for the same titles on July 31 this year.