The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) recently announced Manny Pacquiao as its selection for the “Fighter of the Decade" award.
According to BWAA President, Jack Hirsh, Pacquiao’s wins were more decisive than those of his counterparts from 2000 through 2009. As such, Hirsh’s organization felt the Philippine superstar was the best choice for the prestigious honor.
"He closed the decade very strongly, beating a number of high-profile men,” said Hirsch. “It was the type of thing where it did come down to him or Mayweather. And whoever the voters voted for, there couldn't have been a big argument against either choice."
Floyd Mayweather Jr. would beg to differ.
“He beat a Miguel Cotto who got pummeled with a cast and he beat a Ricky Hatton that got stretched by me… That’s not for me to put him in the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather told reporters.
“Manny Pacquiao struggled twice, which we really know he got beat, struggled twice with Marquez, which we know he really lost. Right? And we know he been knocked out twice and he got outboxed by Erik Morales, but then they still give him Boxer of the Decade. So that’s another thing I don’t understand,” added Mayweather.
According to the BWAA, Mayweather’s record of 41 wins and no losses was not impressive enough to warrant receiving the award. Neither, apparently, was the fact that he is the former pound-for-pound king who has won the following honors: the WBC Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight, WBC Light Welterweight, IBF Welterweight, WBC Welterweight, IBO Welterweight, IBA World Welterweight, WBC Super Welterweight titles.
Mayweather’s victories are highlighted by matches with all-time greats like Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Arturo Gatti, Jose Luis Castillo and Diego Corrales.
Pacquiao, the only boxer to win 7 world titles in 7 different weight classes, has 51 wins and 3 losses to his name. During his storied career, he has fought big-name boxers like Marco Antonio Barrera, Morales, de la Hoya, Hatton, and Cotto.
"I was not surprised that he won," said Hirsch. "I was a bit surprised by the decisiveness of Pacquiao's winning, however. Pacquiao's margin was so decisive, and if the voters felt Mayweather deserved it, they would have obviously voted for him.”
Pacquiao is no doubt an amazing fighter, but one has to wonder why his gimmicky denials to Mayweather’s drug testing demands did not come into play with the voters. After all, there is a reason that “Pretty Boy” Floyd will be favored over Pacquiao if they ever do decide to fight.