To kick of his successful year, Manny Pacquiao claimed the WBC and The Ring super featherweight titles after defeating Juan Manuel Marquez in a rematch on March 15. The victory marked the first time a Filipino had won three titles in three weight classes. On June 28, Pacquiao knocked out David Diaz in the ninth round to snag the WBC lightweight belt. Then, on Dec. 6, Pacquiao jumped two weight divisions to take on "Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya. The Filipino pummeled the boxing legend to earn a ninth-round TKO victory.
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Fight of the Year
On July 26, a little more than a year after he had lost his WBO belt to Paul Williams, Antonio Margarito took on the undefeated WBA titleholder Miguel Cotto. After losing many of the early rounds, Margarito gained a second wind and was ahead on two of the judges' scorecards by the start of the 11th. The wavering recognition from the third judge was not needed, though, as Margarito finished off the champ by TKO that round.
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Knockout of the Year
Marquez packed on some pounds to take on lightweight champion Joel Casamayor on Sept. 13. And the extra weight seemed to do wonders for the usual super featherweight. In the 11th round, Marquez sent a hard right that landed square on Casamayor's chin, knocking him to the floor. Before Casamayor could peel himself off the canvas, the referee called the fight.
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Round of the Year
After a controversial end to their first meeting, Kendall Holt and Ricardo Torres agreed to a July 5 rematch. It lasted only 61 seconds. Torres landed a right just 13 seconds into the fight that sent Holt to the canvas. Shortly after, Holt was knocked down again. When he got up this time, though, Holt connected with a massive right hand that knocked out Torres.
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Prospect of the Year
A righty who chooses to fight in the southpaw stance, Victor Ortiz turned professional in 2004 and compiled a 22-1 record with 17 career knockouts. On Sept. 13, the Golden Boy Promotions fighter claimed the NABO 140-pound title with a win over Roberto Arrieta.
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Upset of the Year
The 43-year-old Bernard Hopkins has always been a talker. And he when he decided to face one of the pound-for-pound bests, Kelly Pavlik, many thought the aging boxer couldn't support his swagger. But after lasting all 12 rounds, Hopkins did the unthinkable: he defeated Pavlik by unanimous decision in October.
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Comeback of the Year
It had been almost four years since Vitali Klitschko stepped away from the ring and vacated his WBC heavyweight title. But on Oct. 11, he took another stab boxing, agreeing to fight the then-No. 2 heavyweight of the world, Samuel Peter. "Dr. Ironfist" lived up to his nickname as he unleashed a slew of jabs and hard rights to down Peter by TKO in the eighth. With the win, Klitschko reclaimed his belt and made history -- never before had two brothers owned two world titles (his brother Wladimir is the IBF and WBO champ).
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