There are countless of fighters who deserve to be fighter of the year award. But as the list goes there could only be one, and among the elite pound per pound best I came up with only three candidates. I painstakingly try to see who’s who and try not to miss out on anybody who rightfully deserves the award.
So what does it take to be the fighter of the year?
There are only three things to consider, First would be the level of opposition, second would be the manner he won the fight and last would be his consistency on the pound per pound list throughout the year.
Third placer – Juan Manuel Marquez
Credible fights in 2008: Manny Pacquiao and Joel Casamayor
Assessment: Although he lost on their much awaited rematch with Manny Pacquiao but the fight could go either way it was a razor thin split decision win by Manny and Juanma can make a case out of it. His technical display against Casamayor was a testament that he wants a third match against Manny following him all the way to 135lbs. Although he deserved an honourable mention but a win against Manny could have gave him the top award. Will we see a trilogy against Manny this 2009? And what weight should they fight? Though it’s a distant possibility but we never know.
Second placer- Joe Calzaghe
Credible fights in 2008: Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr.
Assessment: Being undefeated doesn’t give you an upper hand in anything but Joe Calzaghe went to America and proved to the non believers that he is the best and went on to defeating two legends in Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. Although we might not see Joe wear his boxing gloves next year and it would have been a fitting finale on his storied career to win the fighter on the year award and top of the pound per pound list. But his manner on how he won on his two bouts wasn’t that encouraging. Scoring a split decision win against Hopkins who could go either way or failing to dispose an aging and bewildered veteran in Roy Jones Jr. Put a blot on Calzaghe’s finale fights. Should Joe fight Kelly Pavlik or Chad Dawson hands down he would have won it all.
The Fighter of the year- Manny Pacquiao
Credible fights in 2008: Juan Manuel Marquez, David Diaz and Oscar DelaHoya
Assessment: Henry Armstrong has fought the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight division all in one year and was crowned champion in each division it was a feat that was never duplicated until Manny Pacquiao changed history. He fought Marquez in the 130lb weight limit and escapes a split decision win, he fought David Diaz as a lightweight and scored a TKO win and scored a huge upset as a welterweight against the golden boy in boxing Oscar DelaHoya scoring another TKO on round 9 in a fight we’re everyone thought was a mismatch, it was a mismatch alright but it’s the other way around.
In behalf of Sportsalchemist.com, i congratulate Manny Pacquiao as the fighter of the year in 2008 you rightfully deserved it.
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