Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pacquiao and Roach receive top honour

Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach have been awarded the 2009 fighter and trainer of the year by the Boxing Writer’s Association of America (BWAA) for the second year in a row.

The Sugar Ray Robinson trophy was the Filipino’s third in four years and was awarded to Pac-Man following victories over light-welterweight Ricky Hatton and welterweight Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao, 50-3-2 (38 KOs), has staked his claim to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world and beat off fellow nominees Arthur Abraham, Vitali Klitschko, Andre Ward and Paul Williams.

The Filipino superstar also picked up the BWAA’s fighter of the decade on a ballot featuring former opponents Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez, potential foes Floyd Mayweather Jr and Shane Mosley and completed by light heavyweights Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins.

Roach paid tribute to his own former trainer and mentor Eddie Futch and his award was his fourth since 2003, having begun training Pacquiao in 2001.

The legendary trainer Roach paid tribute to Pacquiao and revealed he hopes Amir Khan will be his next superstar fighter.

"Manny and I are a great team and to win this award you need a great fighter," Roach told ESPN.com. "Hopefully, Amir Khan will be my next guy."

Khan is expected to face Marquez in his American debut. The Mexican is coming off a one-sided defeat to Mayweather last September, albeit a fight which he had to move up weight divisions for.

Marquez was also honoured by the BWAA for his part in the fight of the year, a lightweight clash against Juan Diaz. Marquez won the contest last February in Houston with a ninth round stoppage.

Source: sport.stv.tv

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