Thursday, July 14, 2011
By Dino Maragay (philstar.com)
|Manny Pacquiao with other 2011 ESPY Best Fighter nominees|
ESPN Screen cap
Pacquiao edged fellow boxers Sergio Martinez and Bernard Hopkins, and mixed martial arts stars Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones for the plum, whose winner was announced during the ESPY awards night at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles today.
The Filipino boxing icon has been nominated for the award four times, winning it in 2009.
Established in 1993 by sports network ESPN, the ESPY Awards picks the top achievers in various sports. Nominees for each category are chosen by the ESPY Select Nominating Committee, with the winners determined via online fan voting.
Pacquiao has only fought once this year, dominating Shane Mosley last May to retain his WBO welterweight title. Prior to that, he bludgeoned Antonio Margarito en route to a unanimous decision win in November last year.
He is booked to face archrival Juan Manuel Marquez in November.
Pacquiao has won numerous awards in the past, including several Fighter of the Year Awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine.