Popular Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has been declared winner of the 'Fighter of the Year' Award by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAP} Aside from the prestigious BWAA 'Fighter of the Year award', Pacquiao has also received the same award last year from two prestigious sports organizations.
The current WBO welterweight champion, got his two other wards from the Ring Magazine and ESPN.com. In addition, Pacquiao was also voted fighter of the decade (2000-09), beating out a star-studded group of nominees that also included Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Freddie Roach, who has trained Pacquiao since 2001 and been an integral part of his success, will receive the Futch award for trainer of the year for the fourth time. He also won it in 2003, 2006 and 2008.
"Manny and I are a great team and to win this award you need a great fighter," Roach told ESPN.com Sunday. "Hopefully, [junior welterweight titlist] Amir Khan will be my next guy. It's my favorite award because its named after my trainer [the late Eddie Futch]."
Pacquiao will receive the award on June 11 during the 85th annual banquet of the BWAA in New York City. He will receive his third Sugar Ray Robinson Trophy during the awarding ceremonies.
In the meantime, Pacquiao has started training for his next fight with Joshua Clottey of Ghana at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood California. Pacquiao and Clottey are scheduled to clash on March 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the WBO crown.
(original article appeared @ Digital Journal )