Someone Help Me Out: Mayweather Beat GSP & Pacquiao For 2010 ESPY?
By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Wait a second. Someone has to help me out here. Did Floyd Mayweather really take home the ESPY for "Best Fighter" after the award ceremony on ESPN this past Wednesday night? I'm not sure which is more offensive: the "decision-makers" behind the ESPY winners for selecting Mayweather as best fighter, or Mayweather for having the gull to accept the award and actually go home with it as if he legitimately earned it.
After clearing up some confusion I had in my 2010 ESPY Awards recap
article earlier today, I have become confused about something completely different. In the article, I pondered whether or not fights Mayweather and Georges St-Pierre had in 2010 counted towards the voting. From a completely speculative standpoint, I assumed they had to, otherwise Mayweather won the award for a lone victory over a man in Juan Manuel Marquez who fought multiple weight classes higher than his fighting weight for the first time in his pro career.
Certainly that doesn't warrant the nod over UFC welterweight champion GSP, who by comparison took out B.J. Penn, a top-five (at the time) pound-for-pound ranked fighter who was also a UFC world champion (also at the time) inside the five-round distance before successfully defending his welterweight title against the division's number one contender in Thiago Alves. A fight, by the way, that St-Pierre won after toughing out multiple rounds with a torn abductor muscle that he suffered during the fight.