From One Legend To Another - Joe Frazier To Hand Manny Pacquiao BWAA Award For Fighter Of The Year This Friday In New York!
by James Slater - Heavyweight legend "Smokin'" Joe Frazier, a fighter who once stood atop the Pound-for-Pound rankings himself, will reportedly hand current P-4-P king Manny Pacquiao a most illustrious award this coming Friday evening in New York.
Article posted on 03.06.2010
According to ABS CBN News, the Philadelphia legend will personally hand to "Pac-Man" this year's Fighter of The Year award, as chosen by The Boxing Writers Association of America. The special evening will take place at The Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, and the Filipino idol will be presented with The Sugar Ray Robinson F.O.T.Y award by the 66-year-old who once was given the distinction himself.
Back in 1971, when he stood atop the very boxing world due to having beaten Muhammad Ali in "The Fight of The Century," Frazier was the recipient of the marvellous honour.. This week in New York, Pacquiao will be the star name at the 85th year of the awards.
Pacquiao, quite naturally, is thrilled at the award that will be coming his way, but there is more good news for the 31-year-old and his team. Manny is also set to receive The Fighter of The Decade award on Friday evening, and his trainer Freddie Roach will receive The Trainer of The Year award. Basically, then, it's a clean sweep for the southpaw dynamo and his great coach.
It's unlikely any fans will disagree with Pacquiao as the choice to be given these illustrious awards. Okay, maybe some fans will come up with a name or two who could rival Pac-Man when it comes to F.O.T.D, but Fighter of The Year? No way!
In other news, Pacquiao will stay in New York so as to watch the WBA 154-pound title clash between champ Yuri Foreman and old foe Miguel Cotto. There have been a few rumours that say Manny, if he cannot get that mega clash with Floyd Mayweather Junior sewn up for November, will face Saturday night's winner instead.
Now, this isn't such great news! While a Pacquiao-Foreman fight might, might, prove somewhat interesting to fight fans, seeing how Pacquiao would have a chance to make a little more history by winning another title at another weight, a Pacquiao-Cotto II would not prove interesting; at least not in my opinion. Sure, people would watch it - and, to be fair, the first fight was great for four-rounds or so - but who would predict anything other than a second win for Pac-Man?
Let's hope "Money" Mayweather, who, whether he admits it or not, will be feeling a little jealous at how Pacquiao is on the receiving end of the latest BWAA award, agrees to get it on with the man everyone wants to see him face!
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