Slam dunk. No brainer.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been named by the Boxing Writers Association of America as the first Joe Louis Fighter of the Decade.
Mayweather (50-0, 27 KO's) went 10-0 with two knockouts from 2010-2017, which included victories against 2019 BWAA Fighter of the Year Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao, who finished second and third respectively behind Mayweather for the FOTD honor. Andre Ward and Wladimir Klitschko were the other two nominees.
Mayweather also handily defeated Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana (twice), Andre Berto, and UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
“Thank you to the Boxing Writers Association of America for voting me Fighter of the Decade,” Mayweather said in a statement. “I am honored to be recognized by the media who covered my career throughout its’ many decades.
“Boxing has been a part of my life since I was two years old and I dedicated my life to it and gave it my all. I trained hard, showed up for every one of my fights and did my job successfully each and every time. To retire undefeated and achieve what I did in the sport is not only a gift to myself, but to the fans and most importantly, my team and family. I certainly didn’t do it alone and I appreciate anyone who played a part in it.
“Hard work and dedication, something I did for my entire career. I am grateful and humbled by this honor. Thank you so very much.”