Floyd, Anderson Silva are nominated
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is not in the running for ESPN’s “Best Fighter” ESPY, a year after he won the award.
Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., 2011 Fighter of the Year Andre Ward, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones, and UFC middleweight champion Anderson “Spider” Silva are the nominees for 2012. [http://espn.go.com/espys/index]
The Best Fighter ESPY is given to a professional or amateur boxer or mixed martial arts fighter who is the best in a given calendar year.
Pacquiao won the award in 2009 and again in 2011, but was not nominated this year.
Jones had an exceptional campaign in the UFC last year, beating former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, all in exciting, decisive fashion.
Silva defended his middleweight belt last year against Yushin Okami, extending his UFC winning streak to 14 fights, including nine straight successful title defenses.
Ward was named 2011 Fighter of the Year by most boxing media after the unbeaten fighter defeated Carl Froch to win the Super Six super-middleweight tournament.
Mayweather, meanwhile, made a successful return to boxing when he scored a fourth round knockout over Victor Ortiz in September, then extended his winning streak to 43 fights with a victory over Miguel Cotto in an entertaining scrap last May.
Mayweather is currently serving an 87-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to a 2010 domestic violence charge.
The ESPY award winners will be announced on July 11.