Bagamat masama ang naging performance ni dating pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao noong 2012, nakabawi siya ng isang panalo noong 2013 at nagtala ng dalawang pagwawagi sa taong ito kaya dineklara siyang “Fighter of the Year” ng On The Ropes Boxing Radio Show na sikat sa buong Amerika.
“While Pacquiao rebounded from the losses with a decision win over Brandon Rios in 2013 the ‘comeback’ was fully completed in 2014, as Manny Pacquiao set the record straight with Timothy Bradley in April to put the controversial loss in the rear view mirror,” ayon sa sikat na boxing radio show. “Pacquiao ended his 2014 with a outstanding, dominate win in a November bout with unbeaten light welterweight, Chris Algieri in which Pacquiao managed to send Algieri to the canvas six times.”
Nilinaw ng OTRB, na si Pacquiao lamang ang tumalo sa isang boksingerong nakalista bilang No. 5 sa pound-for-pound list ng The Ring Magazine sa katauhan ni Bradley at nagpalasap ng unang pagkatalo kay dating WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri.
“The real deciding factor in naming Manny Pacquiao our ‘Fighter of the Year’ was he accomplished what no one else did during the calendar year, as Pacquiao secured a win over a top 5 P4P fighter, with his win over Timothy Bradley. Bradley was not only coming off a terrific win over the dangerous Ruslan Provodnikov, but he also definitively beat Juan Manuel Marquez who had just come off a knockout win over Pacquiao,” paliwanag ng boxing show. “This factor separated Pacquiao from a close field that included Terence Crawford and Gennady Golovkin.”
“Besides defeating two unbeaten fighters in 2014, Pacquiao also brought back the Mayweather-Pacquiao talks, a fight that many felt had passed it’s relevancy, is now once again the most anticipated fight in boxing, with people believing that Pacquiao can be the person that can take Floyd Mayweather’s ‘0’ away,” dagdag ng OTRB. “In 2013 Manny Pacquiao was named our ‘Comeback Fighter of the Year’, and we said that we expected him to have big year in 2014, but the Filipino great even surpassed our expectations, and is without a doubt, our ‘Fighter of the year.”