The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has named eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao as the WBO "Fighter of the Decade" Tuesday during the 25th convention of the world boxing body in Florida.
WBO gave the award to Pacquiao for his achievements in boxing particularly his victories in eight different divisions during the last decade.
In 2009, Pacquiao bagged the WBO welterweight title after winning over Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao held on to the WBO title until June this year when he lost the title to Timothy Bradley in a controversial split decision which drew widespread protest from boxing fans for alleged flawed scoring by the three-man judging panel.
WBO has yet to announce the date and venue of the awarding ceremonies for all boxing personalities who were given appropriate awards for their role and contribution to the sport.
Pacquiao, who is running for reelection as congressman of his province in southern Philippines, is scheduled to arrive in California over the weekend to continue his training under his coach Freddie Roach at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
The eight-division world champion is deep into his physical conditioning exercises at General Santos City under the supervision of assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez.
At the suggestion of WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo, Pacquiao’s fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez will be for “WBO Champion if the Decade.” Philboxing's Ronnie Nathanielz wrote.
Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, who was reelected as WBO president during the affair said, the suggestion is good for the organization as “It will be part of the advertising and will give the WBO a boost” adding that “both fighters are allies of the WBO.”
Meanwhile, Pacquaio has started sparring session even before moving to Hollywood for the continuation of his training for his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez on December 15.
It was reported his sparring partner quit in the third round after an intense beat down by the eight-division champion..