Best Fighter ESPY Award

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Best Fighter ESPY Award
Awarded forbest fighter
LocationMicrosoft Theater, Los Angeles (2018)
Presented byESPN
First awarded2007
Currently held byTerence Crawford (USA)
Websitewww.espn.co.uk/espys/

The Best Fighter ESPY Award is an annual award honoring the achievements of an individual from the world of combat sports. It was first awarded as part of the ESPY Awards in 2007, following the subsumption of the Best Boxer ESPY Award, which was limited exclusively to boxers.[1] The Best Fighter ESPY Award trophy, created by sculptor Lawrence Nowlan,[2] is presented to the professional or amateur boxer or mixed martial artist adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year at the annual ESPY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Balloting for the award is undertaken by fans over the Internet from between three and five choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee, which is composed of a panel of experts.[3] It is conferred in July to reflect performance and achievement over the preceding twelve months.[4]

The inaugural winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award was American welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who defeated the incumbent category title holder Oscar De La Hoya two months prior.[5] He is one of two people to have been presented with the award more than once, winning the accolade a total of six times;[6] Mayweather was also nominated in 2015.[7] Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has the second most number of awards won with victories in 2009 and 2011.[8] It has been presented to one woman in its history, American bantamweight mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey in 2015.[7] As of 2018, boxers have been most successful at the ESPY Awards with nine victories and twenty-four nominations, followed by mixed martial arts with three wins and nineteen nominations. The winner of the 2018 Best Fighter ESPY Award was American light welterweight boxer Terence Crawford who claimed his third boxing title by defeating Australian Jeff Horn and extended his winning record to 33–0.[9]

List of winners and nominees[edit]

Year Image Winner Nationality Sport Sanctioning body or league Weight class Nominees Ref.
2007 Floyd Mayweather Jr at a WWE event in 2008 Floyd Mayweather Jr.  USA Boxing N/A Welterweight Miguel Cotto ( PRI) – Boxing
Randy Couture ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
Quinton Jackson ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
Manny Pacquiao ( PHL) – Boxing
[5]
2008 Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2010 Floyd Mayweather Jr.  USA Boxing N/A Welterweight Joe Calzaghe ( GBR) – Boxing
Holly Holm ( USA) – Boxing
Kelly Pavlik ( USA) – Boxing
Georges St-Pierre ( CAN) – Mixed martial arts
[10]
2009 Manny Pacquiao in 2010 Manny Pacquiao  PHI Boxing N/A Super featherweight
Lightweight
Welterweight
Lyoto Machida ( BRA) – Mixed martial arts

Shane Mosley ( USA) – Boxing
Anderson Silva ( BRA) – Mixed martial arts

[11]
2010 Floyd Mayweather Jr. at a press conference in 2011 Floyd Mayweather Jr.  USA Boxing N/A Welterweight Manny Pacquiao ( PHI) – Boxing
Georges St-Pierre ( CAN) – Mixed martial arts
[12]
2011 Manny Paquiao in 2011 Manny Pacquiao  PHI Boxing N/A Super featherweight
Lightweight
Welterweight
Bernard Hopkins ( USA) – Boxing
Jon Jones ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
Sergio Martínez ( ARG) – Boxing
Georges St-Pierre ( CAN) – Mixed martial arts
[8]
2012 Floyd Mayweather Jr at a promotional event in 2010 Floyd Mayweather Jr.  USA Boxing N/A Welterweight Jon Jones ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
Anderson Silva ( BRA) – Mixed martial arts
Andre Ward ( USA) – Boxing
[13]
2013 Floyd Mayweather Jr. at a press conference in 2011 Floyd Mayweather Jr.  USA Boxing N/A Welterweight Canelo Alvarez ( MEX) – Boxing
Danny García ( USA) – Boxing
Jon Jones ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
Anderson Silva ( BRA) – Mixed martial arts
[14]
2014 Floyd Mayweather Jr attending a press conference in 2011 Floyd Mayweather Jr.  USA Boxing N/A Welterweight Jon Jones ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
Manny Pacquiao ( PHI) – Boxing
Ronda Rousey ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
Andre Ward ( USA) – Boxing
[6]
2015 Ronda Rousey in 2015 Ronda Rousey  USA Mixed martial arts UFC Bantamweight Donald Cerrone ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
Terence Crawford ( USA) – Boxing
Gennady Golovkin ( KAZ) – Boxing
Floyd Mayweather Jr. ( USA) – Boxing
[7]
2016 Conor McGregor speaking at a press conference in 2015 Conor McGregor  IRL Mixed martial arts UFC Featherweight Canelo Álvarez ( MEX) – Boxing
Gennady Golovkin ( KAZ) – Boxing
Román González ( NIC) – Boxing
Robbie Lawler ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
[15]
2017 Demetrious Johnson in 2011 Demetrious Johnson  USA Mixed martial arts UFC Flyweight Terence Crawford ( USA) – Boxing
Gennady Golovkin ( KAZ) – Boxing
Conor McGregor ( IRL) – Mixed martial arts
Andre Ward ( USA) – Boxing
[1]
2018 Terence Crawford  USA Boxing N/A Light welterweight Vasyl Lomachenko ( UKR) – Boxing
Rose Namajunas ( USA) – Mixed martial arts
Georges St-Pierre ( CAN) – Mixed martial arts
[9][16]

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References[edit]

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