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Pacquiao is Fighter of the Year

Updated: December 29, 2009, 9:31 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

If you are surprised by the pick for 2009 ESPN.com fighter of the year, well, you haven't paid attention to boxing for the past 12 months.

It's Manny Pacquiao, the biggest no-brainer selection since, well, 2008, when Pacquiao was also the obvious pick.

In fact, the pound-for-pound king and icon of the Philippines has claimed fighter of the year honors in three of the past four years, as he concluded yet another tremendous campaign in 2009.

In 2008, Pacquiao ...

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