Filipino boxer and Sarangani congressman Manny Pacquiao was named Fighter of the Year at the 19th ESPY Awards held last July 13 (U.S. time) at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
The ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade presented by American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance.
This is the second ESPY trophy for Pacquiao; he first won the award in 2009.
Pacquiao’s competitors this year include Bernard Hopkins, Jon "Bones" Jones, Sergio Martinez, Manny Pacquiao, and George St. Pierre.
The current pound-for-pound king has won eight weight division titles, has ten world titles, and a record four lineal world championships in weight classes.
Pacquiao was not able to personally accept his award since he is currently busy with his political career in the Philippines and his upcoming game show on GMA-7, Manny Many Prizes.
Some of the celebrities who attended this year’s ESPY Awards include Justin Bieber, Jason Bateman, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Brooklyn Decker, Chris Evans, Cee Lo Green, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Love, Rachel Nichols, Danica Patrick, Ryan Reynolds, Aaron Rodgers, Amar’e Stoudemire, Justin Timberlake, and Serena Williams.
The awards night was hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Myers.
The list of winners in the 19th ESPY Awards:
Male Athlete: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn, skiing
Team: Dallas Mavericks
Coach-Manager: Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks
Breakthrough Athlete: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Game: Eagles rally to beat the Giants, 38-31
Record-breaking Performance: Rory McIlroy
Championship Performance: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
Play: Abby Wambach, U.S. women’s national team
Moment: Roy Halladay’s playoff no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds
Upset: Virginia Commonwealth men’s NCAA basketball tourney Sports
Movie: The Fighter
Male College Athlete: Jimmer Fredette
BYU Basketball Female College Athlete: Maya Moore, Connecticut basketball
Male Action Sport Athlete: Shaun White, skateboarding/snowboading
Female Action Sport Athlete: Stephanie Gilmore, surfing
Baseball Player: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia
NBA Player: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
WNBA Player: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
NHL Player: Tim Thomas, Boston
MLS Player: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy
Bowler: Jason Belmonte
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Fighter: Manny Pacquiao
Male Golfer: Rory McIlroy
Female Golfer: Cristie Kerr
Jockey: John Velasquez
Male Tennis Player: Rafael Nadal
Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
Track and Field Athlete: Tyson Gay
Male Athlete with a Disability: Anthony Robles, wrestling
Female Athlete with a Disability: Mallory Weggemann, swimming
NFL Strongest Performance: Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Comeback: Mark Herzlich
College Athletic Programs: Stanford Women’s Athletics and Florida Men’s Athletics Arthur Ashe Courage Award: Dewey Bozella, boxing
JIMMY V ESPY for Perseverance: Anthony Robles, wrestling