Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. won this year’s “Best Fighter” ESPY on
Wednesday night, topping both Anderson
Silva and Jon Jones at
ESPN’s annual award show.
The result marks Mayweather’s fifth victory in the category, which
was changed from “Best Boxer” in 2007. A mixed martial artist has
never won the award, though Silva, Jones, Georges St.
Jackson and Randy
Couture have all been nominated in the past.
The proceedings marked the 21st iteration of the ESPYs and took
place at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The event was hosted by “Mad
Men” star Jon Hamm and saw athletes honored for their
accomplishments in the past year as decided by an ESPN.com fan
Mayweather, 36, served a jail term for domestic abuse in 2012 and
returned to the ring this past May, defeating Robert Guerrero by
unanimous decision to retain his WBC welterweight title. “Money”
has never been defeated as a professional, posting 44 consecutive
victories and winning slew of world titles in his 17 years of
competition. Mayweather will next compete on Sept. 14, when he
takes on unbeaten 23-year-old Saul Alvarez.