When trying to decide between Nonito Donaire and Juan Manuel Marquez for Fighter of the Year, it comes down to a dilemma common to judging individual boxing matches: Do you like the man who did the consistent good work in superior volume, or do you like the man who made a stunning statement with that one big punch?
Marquez's Knockout of the Year against old rival Manny Pacquiao, one of the best few fighters in the business, made an earth-shaking impression. Marquez didn't just rock Pacquiao with that punch -- he rocked the entire sport. What happened that December night stretched far beyond hardcore boxing fans into mainstream pop culture. It was historic.
But outside of that welterweight victory, Marquez's only other win was a mostly insiigficant defeat of Serhiy Fedchenko at junior welterweight. If the award was for "Win of the Year," then Marquez would have been hoisting the figurative trophy weeks ago.
Donaire fought an unheard of (for an elite ...