The World Boxing Council (WBC) has nominated Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao for the prestigious "Boxer of the Decade" award.
WBC has nominated deserving boxers for the ten-year period which include Oscar de la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko, Mexican Erik Morales and Thai Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, among others.
The WBC, headed by Jose Sulaiman, said the winners of the awards will be announced by the end of the year.
Pacquiao has fought 19 times in the US during the past ten years, losing only once to Mexican Erik Morales. Among the top boxers he has fought include Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez., among others.
Most recently he fought and won over Joshua Clottey of Ghana and Antonio Margarito of Mexico.
The Filipino boxer has won three times the "Fighter of the Year" award from the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). The prestigious Ring Magazine has likewise named Pacquiao to the same award.
Pacquiao is scheduled to return to the ring on May 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Filipino boxer who is also a neophyte congressman will likely face American Shane Mosley.
Pacquiao, who celebrated his 32nd birthday last December 17, is currently reviewing fight proposals submitted by Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez, Haitian-American Andre Berto and American Shane Mosley.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has said he was recommending Shane Mosley but added Pacquiao has to make the final decision.
Former three-division world champion Shane Mosley said Monday his adviser has a Tuesday meeting scheduled with Manny Pacquiao's promoter to "go over the particulars and maybe sign," a contract for a May 7 Pacquiao-Mosley fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"We've already discussed the fight about three-four weeks ago, so now we'll go over it again," Mosley said in a telephone interview. "Both sides just need to commit to what we've talked about and then I think we're done."