Pacquiao gets three BWAA nominations

Reigning World Boxing Association super welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao has been nominated in three categories in the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Annual Awards.

Pacquiao, who just turned 41 last December 17, is one of the candidates for the Joe Louis Fighter of the Decade, Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year, Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier Fight of the Year awards.

Manny Pacquiao (right) connects a solid hit to Keith Thurman during their meeting at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AP FILE PHOTO

For the Fighter of the Decade, Pacquiao (62-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 39 knockouts) joined Mexican four-division champion Canelo Alvarez, Wladimir Klitschko, unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Ward as candidates.

In the Fighter of the Year, the other candidates are Alvarez, Japanese International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association Super bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and Josh Taylor.

Pacquiao’s split decision win over previously unbeaten Keith Thurman last July 20 in Las Vegas was selected as among the candidates for the Fight of the Year award.

The other candidates are Gennadiy Golovkin-Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Inoue-Nonito Donaire, Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua I, Spence Jr.-Shawn Porter and Josh Taylor-Regis Prograis.

“I think the Senator should be the BWAA fight of the year because after being written off after the Jeff Horn fight, he roared back with three wins including the Thurman fight,” said MP Promotion President Sean Gibbons.

“Fight was amazing at 40-year-old to take on a young lion. In his prime 30-year-old and the Senator to outfight him and knock him down and almost out was amazing. No. 147 pounder in history at 40-year-old has had a win like that.”

The BWAA based on its website will be announcing all winners on January 17 and the 95th awarding ceremony will be in June 2020.

Pacquiao was also BWAA Fighter of the Year winner in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

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