Thursday, July 14, 2011
Last night at the 2011 Espy Awards, Manny Pacquiao won the award for Best Fighter. Yes that’s right, a boxer. Out of the four nominees, there was one fighter that stood out head and shoulders above the rest, Jon “Bones” Jones. Let’s break this down for a moment. Sure Pacman is more accomplished than the young 23 year old champion but this award isn’t called the Best Fighting Career, it’s called Fighter of the Year. According to ESPN.com, Manny Pacquiao was nominated for his unanimous decision win over, then 38yr old, Shane Mosley in May of 2011 and for his November unanimous decision title fight victory against Antonio Margarito. During that same time span, Johnny Bones fought 4 times and finished all 4 opponents by either TKO or submission. The last two were only 28 days apart which makes him that much more of a beast. The first of the two was versus promising prospect and previously undefeated Ryan Bader which Jones choked out in impressive fashion. His most recent fight was against UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua; Jones dismantled the champion. If an average person who does not know MMA would watch that fight they would think that it was a mismatch in Jones’ favor and that Rua had no business in the cage with someone of his caliber. To top it all off, in the process of dispatching Shogun, Jon Jones became the youngest champion in UFC history. The Espy’s are decided by fan voting but to think that more people voted for Pacquiao’s two snoozefest fights over Jones’ reign of terror is absurd and sickening. This just shows that people still aren’t well educated in the beautiful sport that is MMA and even though it is the fastest growing sport in the world, it still has a long way to go to truly become main steam. Jon Jones, you deserved that award.