This year smaller pacman fought 2 bigger men on their weight classes.
This year pacman showed tremendous skills, heart, strength, gentleman and class and re-define what sweet science is all about.
This year pacman won a historic 8 titles in different divisions never been done before in the history of boxing.
This year a congressman (politician) was seen fighting inside the ring against professional boxers.
The award of fighter of the year tells all about a historic moments for the year I believe. Martinez' accomplishment for beating Pavlik and KOing Williams is awesome of course but not historic since there are lots of underdog boxers before who have upset topdogs... like Douglas to Tyson, Turpin vs Robinson, Rahman Vs Lennox Lewis,Tarvar Vs Jones 2 and many more but the winners thereof never get the Fighter of the Year award.
Fighter of the Year = History
Have these been done before? Did this boxer showed a meaningful performance that caught the attention of the world and carried the torch of boxing as a sport for this year and made the sport alive again? These are questions that should be answer in choosing and I don't think people would settle for remembering a fighter for just a mere upset or lucky punch. (I've posted this on someone's topic and just added few words here)
SEE!!!! After lengthy discussion for this topic the question has finally been answered.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR VOTING RESULTS
Manny Pacquiao: 71 percent
Sergio Martinez: 24 percent
Juan Manuel Lopez: 2 percent
Fernando Montiel: 2 percent
Giovani Segura: 1 percent
The choice for 2010 Fighter of the Year was a no-brainer for most objective observers.
Sergio Martinez’s decision over Kelly Pavlik to capture the middleweight championship of the world and one-punch knockout of Paul Williams clearly were more impressive than the accomplishments of any other fighter.
We’re in the era of Manny Pacquiao, though. The world’s greatest fighter is so popular – particularly among his passionate countrymen – that we knew with certainty that he would be the runaway winner of the award. Facts be damned.
This isn’t to say that Pacquiao’s one-sided points victories over Joshua Clottey on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium and Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 in the same venue during the past year were insignificant.
Clottey didn’t come to fight but was a legitimate contender on paper. And while Margarito’s talents pale next to those of Pacquiao, the Mexican was the much bigger and stronger of the two. He outweighed Pacquiao by 17 pounds on fight night, which took a physical toll on the winner.
The Margarito victory, at junior middleweight, also gave Pacquiao a major title in an unprecedented eighth weight class. We don’t think much of the alphabet titles but to be a dominating fighter in eight of the 17 weight classes is remarkable.
Indeed, it wasn’t Pacquiao’s greatest year in terms of accomplishments but it certainly was a productive one.
And we shouldn’t downplay the role of the fans who voted for Pacquiao in overwhelming numbers.
Boxers don’t perform in a vacuum. The fans are part of the equation, which is why many of us believe a fighter’s ability to entertain the masses is one factor in determining greatness.
We love to watch Pacquiao fight, regardless of the opponent. Pacquiao was never in danger of losing to Margarito, for example, but we were in awe of what we saw in the ring nevertheless. This is what Pacquiao gives us fight after fight after fight, which is why he has become a worldwide icon.
Now imagine how Pacquiao’s fellow Filipinos must feel about him. They burst with pride over the fact that their country has produced the best fighter on the planet who also is universally admired as a person.
He’s like a god. Thus, many Filipinos couldn’t possibly look at him objectively, which is why he and not Martinez was voted Fighter of the Year. And who can blame them.http://www.ringtv.com/blog/2643/2010_ri ... _the_year/