For the fourth time undefeated superstar WBA light middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) has won the ESPY Best Fighter award. Mayweather topped Andre Ward who is also undefeated. The ESPY Awards is a ceremony that celebrates the performances of athletes during the year.
Floyd was selected as the recipient of the award because of his hard fought victory over Miguel Cotto in May and his win over Victor Ortiz last September. In the Cotto victory “Money May” picked up the light middleweight title belt which is his sixth title belt as a professional.
The nominees for the ESPY Awards are selected by fans, sportswriters, broadcasters, sports personalities and executives. Mayweather also won the award in 2007, 2008 and 2010. The winners are then selected exclusively by online balloting.
Mayweather picked up the WBC welterweight title with his 4th round KO over Ortiz in September. Floyd has amassed an amazing record of going 20 and 0 in title bouts.
Although Mayweather is currently serving a 90 day sentence in the Clark County Detention Center he was quoted in “Fight Hype” thanking his fans for their support:
“I am very grateful for my fans and all their continued support. Your letters and pictures are helping my time go by.
“Thank you to all the fans who voted and helped me win at tonight’s ESPY’s. Your continued support is appreciated.”
Mayweather began serving his sentence on June 1. Attempts by his attorneys to have him serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest were unsuccessful. Attorney’s for Mayweather cited the food and his inability to maintain his physical conditioning program as a reason for serving his sentence under house arrest.
Floyd’s personal physician also cited the deterioration of his physical condition stating that his boxing career was in jeopardy. The judge ruling on the case was not moved by Mayweather’s request.
As it stands now Floyd is slated to be released in August. More than likely it will take months for him to get into shape before he enters the ring again. At this point it is premature to speculate as to who his next opponent would be. Presumably Mayweather will need a tune up fight before he faces a serious opponent.