Boxing New 2014: Mayweather Wins Over Pacquiao, But Only for ESPY Best Fighter Award

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By Vittorio Hernandez | July 18, 2014 11:20 AM EST

It's official! Floyd Mayweather Jr beat Manny Pacquiao. Not in the ring but on stage at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Jul 14, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts during press conference at Times Square.

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The two pound-for-pound kings were contenders for the 2014 Best Fighter ESPY award, and Money May won in the ceremonies held on Wednesday. Besides Pacquiao, the other nominee for the award was Andre Ward.

The award, given to outstanding athletes from different sports, was the second for Mayweather who first bagged it in 2012. He got the award for unifying the light welterweight titles versus Canelo Alvarez and his May 3 victory of Argentinean boxer Marcos Maidana which further improved his record to 46-0.

In his acceptance speech, Mayweather said, "Thank you so much to ESPN and everyone, every fan that voted. Without you guys, like I said before, I wouldn't be where I'm at."

The Ring ranks Mayweather No. 1, while the Filipino congressman slipped to 4th in the list after Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez knocked him out, ending his winning streak.

Now, all eyes are on the so-called dream match between the two boxers, which Floyd Mayweather  Sr has confirmed. Fans of Mayweather would likely see his ESPY victory as a precursor of the result of the bout, while followers of Pacquiao would surely disagree and believe the southpaw could be the first boxer to remove the 0 loss from Money May's fight record.

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Jul 14, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts during press conference at Times Square.
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