Mayweather beats Pacquaio
LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao maybe the most love boxer to American sportswriters, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a better boxer as far as ESPY Awards is concerned.
The flamboyant undefeated champion defeated Pacquiao and Canadian mixed martial arts fighter Georges St. Pierre to win his third best fighter award in the 18th annual ESPY Awards on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
The five-division world champion Mayweather previously won the award in 2007 and 2008 before retiring in early 2009.
Pacquiao, the only boxer to win world titles in seven different weight divisions, took home the honors in 2009 during Mayweather’s retirement. Pacquaio was earlier voted as boxer of the year by the American Sportswriters Association.
But Drew Brees was the big winner at the ESPY Awards, collecting four trophies, including male athlete of the year.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback also won best championship performance, NFL player and shared the team award with his Super Bowl champion colleagues.
“It’s hard to beat the Lakers in LA,” Saints coach Sean Payton said, hoisting the silver team trophy.
Brees was chosen male athlete over Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Jimmie Johnson and Albert Pujols. All but James picked up trophies in other categories.
“I’d also like to thank the Who Dat nation,” Brees said. “We love you.”
Gold medal-winning skier Lindsey Vonn won female athlete of the year honors during the show hosted by “Saturday Night Live” comic Seth Meyers that aired live on ESPN from the Nokia Theatre. She beat out Serena Williams and basketball players Maya Moore of Connecticut and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury.
Vonn was also chosen best female Olympian.
Landon Donovan of the U.S. national soccer team picked up three trophies, for best moment in a World Cup game against Algeria, best MLS player and the performance under pressure award. He didn’t join his U.S. teammates backstage.
Phil Mickelson ended Tiger Woods’ five-year run as best male golfer, denying Woods a record 23rd career ESPY.