• Pacquiao bags Fighter of the Year plum

    Manny Pacquiao  AFP file photo

    Manny Pacquiao AFP file photo

    UNITED States-based boxing radio show On The Ropes picked World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao as  Fighter of the Year and Freddie Roach as Trainer of the Year.

    On the Ropes gave the awards during its 227th live program.

    Pacquiao posted impressive victories against Timothy Bradley in April and Chris Algieri in November.

    “The real deciding factor in naming Manny Pacquiao our Fighter of the Year was he accomplished what no one else did during the calendar year, as Pacquiao secured a win over a top 5 pound-for-pound fighter, with his win over Timothy Bradley,” said Jenna J of On The Ropes.

    “Bradley was not only coming off a terrific win over the dangerous Ruslan Provodnikov, but he also definitively beat Juan Manuel Marquez who had just come off a knockout win over Pacquiao. This factor separated Pacquiao from a close field that included Terence Crawford and Gennady Golovkin.”

    Roach prepared Pacquiao against Bradley and Algieri. He also rekindled the boxing career of Miguel Cotto, who lost to Mayweather and Austin Trout. Under Roach’s tutelage, the Puerto Rican defeated Sergio Martinez in June.

    Yahoo Sports also named Roach Trainer of the Year.

    “Clearly, Roach made a major difference in both men, and for that, he’s the clear choice as the Yahoo Sports Trainer of the Year. He’s become a guru of sorts, and managers and promoters beg him to work with their fighters, particularly those who need a quick fix.

    Roach is good at providing that, but he’s at his best when he gets a fighter and works with him over the long haul,” said Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole.


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    1. correction!! please call your boy Mayweather and tell him to get in the RING AND FIGHT Manny!!!! not dance with Manny

    2. Well it shows how bad people are at working things out. Lets look at tim bradley. I would ask you other than manny pacquiao tell me what welterweight he has beaten. None not a single one. In fact hes only fought one other welterweight as all the others werre light welterweights who had to move up to welterweight to fight him.
      Then lets look at algieri, well its a joke i would bet 99% of pundits & casual boxing fans didnt know a single opponent algieri fought other than ruslan provodnikov. Now he had algieri challenge him for his 147lb title but he ( manny pac ) had a pre fight clause put in that it must be below 144lbs. Even though algieri was moving up he wasnt allowed to fight at 147, thats a disgrace & nop one ever criticises manny pac. If floyd mayweather did that there would be uproar from all the fans around the world. There seems to be double standards where manny pacquiao is concerned.