American retired fighter Floyd Mayweather has been named Fighter of The Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).
In a report sighted on ESPN on Friday, January 17, 2020, balloting results were announced and Mayweather was voted the winner of the Joe Louis Fighter of the Decade award and Alvarez, a fighter of the decade nominee, won the 2019 Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year award.
The reports further stressed that they will be honored, along with the rest of the award winners, at the 95th annual BWAA awards dinner in the spring at a site to be determined.
Mayweather, who beat Alvarez in a 2013 junior middleweight wrlod title unification fight that was, at the time, the highest-grossing pay-per-view event in history, went 10-0 from 2010 to 2019 in a series of megafights.
He retired in 2015, returning for a 2017 knockout of UFC star Conor McCregor when he crossed over to boxing, before retiring again though he has hinted about making another comeback this year.
But even though five-division champion Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) essentially fought for only half the decade, his performances were so dominant and such massive events that he claimed the award. He was the only two-time BWAA fighter of the year in the decade, winning it in 2013 and 2015.
Besides Alvarez, Mayweather also defeated Manny Pacquiao in their long-awaited welterweight unification fight to determine king of their era in 2015 in what remains the highest-grossing fight in history. Other major wins for Mayweather in the decade came against Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Marcos Maidana (twice).
The other fighter of the decade nominees were Alvarez, Pacquiao, former super middleweight and lightweight world champion Andre Ward and former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
“Thank you to the Boxing Writers Association of America for voting me Fighter of the Decade,” Mayweather said in a statement. “I am honored to be recognized by the media who covered my career throughout its many decades,”.
The American sport celebrity remains one of biggest names to have ever walked on boxing trajectory with grandeur of championship, social prestige and the financial strength to prove it.