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Floyd Mayweather wins BWAA's ‘Fighter Of The Decade’ award

Mayweather went unbeaten against some of boxing’s best fighters over the 10-year span.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It’s official. Floyd Mayweather may have not fought professionally in the past couple of years but he’s still bringing home the accolades. Today the Boxing Writers Association of America named Floyd Mayweather the winner of their first ever Joe Louis Fighter of the Decade award.

Mayweather, who retired with a 50-0 (27 KO) professional record, complied a 10-0 record between 2010 and 2019, knocking off some surefire Hall of Famers along the way.

Over the course of those ten years (really even six if we discount the Conor McGregor thing), Mayweather would earn some notable wins over Shane Mosely, Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana, as well as two huge wins over Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez — two other finalists for this award.

“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.

“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.”

The BWAA mentions that Canelo was the closest to knocking off Mayweather for the award, but his head-to-head loss against obviously worked against his favor. Mayweather has recently been linked to yet another comeback fight this year, but nothing official has been announced at this time.

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