Manny Pacquiao Named 'Fighter Of The Decade' By World Boxing Council (WBC)

Leo ReyesAnalyst IJanuary 4, 2011

Manny Pacquiao with Philippine president Noynoy Aquino
Manny Pacquiao with Philippine president Noynoy AquinoDondi Tawatao/Getty Images

The world Boxing Council (WBC) has named Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao "Fighter of the Decade", covering the period 2001-2010.

Pacquiao beat out Oscar De La Hoya and a few other marquee names for the coveted award, mb.com.ph reports.

Although Pacquiao held numerous titles in other sanctioning bodies during the last 10 years, the 32-year old Filipino pound-for-pound king also won several championships under the WBC banner, the report said.

Pacquiao briefly held the WBC super-featherweight and lightweight titles and just recently annexed the super-welterweight title to his growing collection after also winning titles at flyweight (WBC), super-bantam (International Boxing Federation), feather (The Ring magazine), super-lightweight (International Boxing Organization) and welter (World Boxing Organization), the report added.

Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and Ring Magazine have also given Pacquiao the same award in the past.

Barely a week ago, USA Today and Ring Magazine have named Pacquiao "Fighter of the Year" for having fought and won over Ghana's Joshua Clottey and Mexico's Antonio Margarito.

Many boxing fans and critics as well, have objected to the awards given by USA Today and Ring Magazine as they appear like more of popularity contests.

Some boxing critics are of the opinion the 'Fighter of the Year" award should have gone to Sergio Martinez as he had more convincing victories over Paul Williams and Kelly Pavlik.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao is due to clash with Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Boxing fans and critics are again objecting to the Pacquiao-Mosley fight which they claim to  be a clear mismatch based on Mosley's past fight performances against Floyd Mayweather Jr and Sergio Mora.

Shane Mosley is almost 10 years older than Manny Pacquiao and critics are saying he is past his prime and facing Pacquiao who is much younger and in prime condition will put Mosley at risk of being badly beaten. Pacquiao is currently 8-1 favorite to win over Mosley.

Pacquiao, who is currently on vacation in Japan and Australia with his family, is expected to be back in Manila in a few days to resume his congressional duty as representative of his province in Philippine congress.

Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach earlier said he is considering Baguio City in northern Philippines as the venue for the first phase of his training for the Mosley fight before moving to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for the second phase of his training.

The pound-for-pound king is expected to start training in March.

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