Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mayweather Jr. Snags BWAA's 'Fighter of The Year' Nod

For some time now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.  This past year he strengthened that claim by defeating Robert Guerrero and “Canelo” Alvarez.  As a result, the Boxing Writers Association of America has voted Mayweather as its 2013 “Fighter of the Year.”  This is the second time that Mayweather has won the award in his illustrious career, having previously been voted BWAA “Fighter of the Year” in 2007.  The award is named after the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson.

There were many great fights during 2013, but topping the list was last March’s epic contest between Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov.  Bradley barely survived the first two rounds before gradually taking control of the contest.  By the 12th round it appeared that Provodnikov would need a knockout to win.  He nearly got it, flooring Bradley right before the final bell.  It was a classic contest--the BWAA’s Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier “Fight of the Year.”  

Freddie Roach added to his hall of fame credentials by winning the 2013 BWAA “Trainer of the Year” award.  Roach has now won the award a record-setting six times, the most individual major awards in BWAA history.  For Roach, this award has always been special because it is named after his mentor Eddie Futch.

Al Haymon is rarely seen, but his impact in getting high-profile matches for his fighters is always in full view.  Haymon’s managerial skills during 2013 are recognized by the BWAA electorate, who have voted him the Cus D’Amato “Manager of the Year” honors.

The BWAA’s Barney Nagler “Long and Meritorious Service” award voting for 2013 could not have been any closer.  Lee Samuels, Top Rank’s crackerjack public relations guru, and broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan crossed the finish line in a dead heat.  As a result, both will be honored with the award.

Former two-weight world champion Paul Malignaggi is an outstanding boxer, but he might be an even better broadcaster.  At least many in the BWAA seem to think so.  Malignaggi, who serves as an expert analyst for both Showtime and Fox Sports, has taken home the Sam Taub 2013 award for “Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.” 

2013 is a year that ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr won’t forget.  In June, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.  The always approachable and accommodating Lennon will be this year’s BWAA Marvin Kohn “Good Guy” recipient.

Paul Williams always showed enormous heart inside the ring, but his attitude outside is even more inspiring.  A horrific motorcycle accident left Williams paralyzed from the waist down, but his determined and upbeat attitude to get back on his feet emotionally, if not physically, has inspired the BWAA membership to vote him its 2013 winner of the Bill Crawford award for “Courage in Overcoming Adversity.”

It had been previously announced that ESPN’s Dan Rafael is the 2013 winner of the Nat Fleischer award for “Excellence in Boxing Journalism” and Sandy Grady the A.J. Liebling award recipient for “Outstanding Boxing Writing.”    

The date and location of the awards banquet will be announced in the coming weeks.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jbalpha on 01-31-2014

I don't know about everyone else out there but I am sick of seeing Mayweather get lauded for fighting fighters that have no chance of beatng him. He is very good at choosing lesser opponents while avoiding Manny Pacquiao like…

Comment by hitking on 01-29-2014

[QUOTE=dc3383;14182214]The right person won only Danny or Rigo had a case[/QUOTE] I think Bradley had a better year than Danny. Unless of course you thought he lost to Provo.

Comment by dc3383 on 01-29-2014

The right person won only Danny or Rigo had a case

Comment by shade darkar on 01-29-2014

a bit surprising that because he only fought guerrero and canelo? i thought bradley had a good shout for it this year for his victories over provodnikov and marquez but it is what it is.

Comment by techliam on 01-29-2014

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;14179573]I wouldn't of voted for floyd but congrats champ.[/QUOTE] Exactly my thoughts

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (113)
Top Headlines Klitschko Coach Says Everyone Will Be Shocked After Joshua Fight Nacho: Juan Manuel Marquez Has Not Retired, Wants To Fight Memo: Chavez Jr. Will Be Stronger, No Weight Issues For Canelo Thurman-Garcia: Narvaez vs. Rodriguez Clash is Eyed For Card Rob Brant Stops Alexis Hloros in First at Grand Casino in Hinckley Canelo vs. Chavez is a Fight Boxing Needed, Says De La Hoya David Haye: Chris Eubank Jr. is a Force, He Will Go All The Way Canelo vs. Chavez: Positive Talks Ongoing With MGM, Jerry Jones Conlan Hopes For 'Dream Fight' With Carl Frampton in The Future Top Rank Prez Eyes Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker Unification Jacobs: Most Guys are Beaten Mentally When They Face Golovkin Frampton Expects Rematch With Leo Santa Cruz To Be Easier Tomoki Kameda Returns To Japan on March 10, Faces Tawatchai Carl Greaves Looks Back On 2016, Is Excited About 2017 Jermell Charlo, Gary Russell Mandatory Double Eyed For March 11 De La Hoya: Canelo Beating Chavez Jr. Will Not Satisfy The Critics Cedric Vitu Retains EBU Title, Decisions Isaac Real in Levallois Horn Warns Pacquiao, Top Rank Not To Look Beyond April Fight Angel Garcia, Mayweather Tarnished What Should've Been Good Week for Boxing WBA Champ Ortiz Wins Decision Over Ramos in Mexico City Robert Garcia: Canelo Has A lot More To Lose in Chavez Jr. Bout Hairon Socarras Training Hard in Miami For February 3 Return Zab Judah Returns, Blasts Out Munguia in Two Rounds Jose Pedraza Confident That He Will Return Strong at Lightweight Javier Fortuna Ready - Targets Sosa, Corrales, Lomachenko Alvarez vs. Chavez Rematch is Being Planned For March 11 Miguel Cotto: Juan Manuel Marquez Fight is Very Viable Bradley Pryce Announces Retirement After Defeat Robbie Davies Jr. Crushes Zoltan Szabo, Retains WBA Regional Patrick Nielsen, Dina Thorslund Win Decisions, Khattab Shocked Bellew: 'Ego Maniac' David Haye Better Hope He Ends Me in Four Beterbiev: Barrera Proved To Be a Real Fighter, He Agreed To Fight Luis Cruz Admits He Was Close To Retirement Before Easter Shot Mundine: When I Beat Danny Green - Call Me Black Houdini! Frank Warren: Liam Walsh Ready, He Can Beat Gervonta Davis! Frampton Expects Another Fan Friendly Fight Against Santa Cruz Curtis Stevens Sure Hand Injury Fully Healed for Lemieux Fight Garcia, 2-1 Underdog vs. Thurman: 'I Guess Vegas Don’t Like Me' Frank Warren on The James DeGale vs. Badou Jack Outcome Early Results Are In: BoxingScene Ratings Update
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement