Dave Carlson's Picks for 2011 Year-End Boxing Awards

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Dave Carlson's Picks for 2011 Year-End Boxing Awards
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Manny Pacquiao is completely absent from my year-end boxing awards for the second year in a row.

Unlike last year, when he didn't fight any great opponents, he doesn't get the nod this year because of a lackluster performance against Juan Manuel Marquez. 

Again, that opens the door for other, more deserving fighters, to get some recognition, and honestly, this was one of the toughest years, especially for choosing the Fighter of the Year.

2011 started off for most boxing fans with a disappointing bout between Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander, but quickly heated up when Nonito Donaire destroyed Fernando Montiel, leading to one of the most interesting spring seasons in recent memory.

There were two weeks that saw four high-profile upsets, a summer that saw a crowning of the oldest world champion in history, and four fighters in the Pound-for-Pound Top 10 were beaten, compared to just two last year.

This slideshow goes through my picks for 2011's year-end boxing awards. Unlike last year, when a slow December allowed me to post my picks a week early, 2011 had exciting action right up until the last weekend, so without further ado, my picks for the best (and worst) of boxing in 2011.

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