FLOYD MAYWEATHER was the most dominant fighter over the last decade, and that supremacy has been rewarded by the Boxing Writers Association of America as the first Joe Louis Fighter of the Decade recipient by going 10-0 (2 KOs) through 2010-2019.
Mayweather (50-0, 27 knockouts) beat out Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao for the honour, two fighters he defeated in the last 10 years. The list of nominees also included Andre Ward and Wladimir Klitschko.
In addition to Alvarez and Pacquiao, Mayweather defeated Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana (twice), Andre Berto and UFC star Conor McGregor, in a fight “Money” hardly trained for. That’s one current Hall of Famer (Mosley), and three future Hall of Famers (Pacquiao, Cotto and Alvarez).
“Thank you to the Boxing Writers Association of America for voting me Fighter of the Decade,” Mayweather said in a statement.
“I am honoured to be recognized by the media who covered my career throughout its’ many decades.
“Boxing has been a part of my life since I was two years old and I dedicated my life to it and gave it my all. I trained hard, showed up for every one of my fights and did my job successfully each and every time. To retire undefeated and achieve what I did in the sport is not only a gift to myself, but to the fans and most importantly, my team and family. I certainly didn’t do it alone and I appreciate anyone who played a part in it.
“Hard work and dedication, something I did for my entire career. I am grateful and humbled by this honour. Thank you so very much.”