Once again, undefeated multi-division champion Floyd Mayweather has been nominated for the Best Fighter ESPY Award. The ESPY Awards, created by cable television network ESPN, is an annual ceremony that celebrates athletic performances throughout the year. Nominees for each category are chosen and the winners are then selected exclusively via online fan balloting. Mayweather will look to add a 4th award to his trophy case, having already taken home the honors in 2007, 2008, and 2010. His ring rival, Manny Pacquiao, won the award in 2009 and 2011, but this year, he was not nominated. Instead, undefeated super middleweight king Andre Ward received his first nomination and will be going head-to-head with Mayweather for the award.
Mayweather and Ward will also be joined by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, the youngest UFC champion ever, as well as UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who extended his win streak to a UFC-best 14 victories, including a record nine straight title defenses.
ESPN lists the following achievements as the reasons for Mayweather's nomination: