American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been named the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year for the second time in his illustrious career, ESPN reports.
The balloting results for the annual gong were announced on Tuesday by the Boxing Writers Association of America and the 36-year-old was evidently delighted to receive the honour after a successful 2013 during which he kept his marvellous unbeaten record intact with truly dominany victories over Robert Guerrero and Saul Alvarez.
He also received the award back in 2007.
In a statement given to ESPN, Mayweather said of this latest achievement: "It is a great honor to be voted by the BWAA as fighter of the year. To be recognized by this organization is special and I truly appreciate it.
"I also want to congratulate the other winners and also recognize my fellow nominees, whose achievements in the ring this past year afforded them nominations too.
"I have dedicated my whole career to being the best and because of that I have been on top for 17 years," he continued.
"Hard work and dedication got me there and awards like these help keep me there too. On
behalf of myself and the entire Money Team, I thank you so very much."
September's win over Mexican middleweight Alvarez saw Mayweather improve his professional record to a frightening 45-0. He is expected to name his latest opponent for another bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas soon, with reports over the weekend suggesting strongly that it will be British fighter Amir Khan.
If such reports are indeed accurate, there will be few who back against 'Money' notching victory number 46 against the former Olympic silver medalist who has experienced mixed fortunes in the ring in recent years.