Pacquiao named Sports Illustrated boxer of the year
After going 3-0 in 2008, Manny Pacquiao was named boxer of the year by Sports Illustrated on Thursday.
"In boxing, greatness is measured in moments. And in 2008, Manny Pacquiao had a whole lot of them," SI.com writer Chris Mannix wrote in his assessment of the acknowledged pound-for-pound king.
Not only did Pacquiao run a perfect record in three matches, Pacquiao also became the first boxer in 70 years to win three bouts in three different weight categories in one year.
Sports Illustrated called Pacquiao's win over Juan Manuel Marquez in April a "(grind-it-out) win, where he absorbed a vicious beating while dishing out... his own."
It described Pacquiao's victory against David Diaz in June a fight where Diaz "never stood a chance."
It called Pacquiao's triumph versus Oscar de la Hoya "the triple exclamation point on Pacquiao's year."
According to Mannix, Pacquiao has conquered so much with grace and style which really distinguishes a true champion. He also added that "Pacquiao became the best ambassador boxing could ever hope for in 2008".
The other two key categories listed by SI in boxing awarded fight of the year to Miguel Cotto - Antonio Margarito, and Upset of the Year to Bernard Hopkins - Kelly Pavlik.
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