COMMENTARY | In the past, inactivity has cost Floyd Mayweather any Fighter of the Year consideration, but this year will be different.
2013 saw the five-division world champ compete twice-the first time he's fought twice in the same year since 2007-and score one-sided victories over legitimate high-end opposition.
However, any road traveled upon by Mayweather tends to be a bumpy one and detractors can and will make a strong case against him.
Here's a look at the cases for and against Floyd Mayweather being named Fighter of the Year:
Floyd Mayweather is the Fighter of the Year
Even among the many, many candidates for top fighter honors this year, one would be hard-pressed to find anyone who, on paper, fought as high of a level of opposition as Mayweather.
At the time of his bout with Mayweather, Robert Guerrero was ranked in the Top Five at welterweight by every set of rankings that matters and considered a legitimate player in the division.
Saul Alvarez, who came into the ring as WBC junior middleweight champ as well as part-owner of the oddly disjointed WBA title, was ranked by everyone that matters as no. 1 in his division.
The poor performances of Guerrero and Alvarez have everything to do with Mayweather's excellence and nothing to do with being overrated and over-ranked. The fact of the matter is that they were, almost universally, highly-regarded high-end fighters coming into their respective bouts with Mayweather.
It could actually be argued that Mayweather's virtual shutout of both Guerrero and Alvarez makes his Fighter of the Year case even stronger. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer proved that he was at least one full level above the best opposition available to him. Guerrero and Alvarez were no scrubs before Mayweather and will prove that they are still not scrubs after their losses. Mayweather is just that good.
For a stellar 2013 and an overall career that just screams excellence, Mayweather deserves to be the 2013 Fighter of the Year.
Floyd Mayweather is not the Fighter of the Year
Robert Guerrero and Saul Alvarez may have been highly-ranked opposition prior to meeting Mayweather, but on fight night they choked, underachieved, and essentially conceded defeat three-quarters of the way through their Mayweather humiliations.
At the end of both bouts, Guerrero and Alvarez showed themselves to be less than what had been advertised. And, Mayweather, himself, simply did what was expected of him on both occasions as the heavy betting favorite.
Beating supremely over-matched opposition on two occasions is hardly worth Fighter of the Year honors, especially in a year packed with at least eleven other names worthy of consideration.
In short, Mayweather did nothing above and beyond what was expected by almost everyone in the sport. Top fighter honors should go to the boxer who has either smashed expectations or has faced a busy schedule consisting of proven, elite-level opposition. Mayweather has done neither and it could even be argued that his one win over a motivated Miguel Cotto last year was more impressive than his two easy victories this year.
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Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and is the author of Notes from the Boxing Underground. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
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