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Pacquiao, Roach win US paper's top award

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Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach were named by USA Today as 2010’s Fighter of the Year and Trainer of the Year, respectively, resident fight scribe Bob Velin wrote in his article that came out in the paper’s Dec. 29 issue.

“For excelling while serving his people on two continents, Pacquiao is USA Today’s Fighter of the Year,” wrote Velin.

Pacquiao won his seventh and eight world titles at the expense of Ghanaian Joshua Clottey and Mexican Antonio Margarito in March and in later in November before huge crowds at Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

In between fights, Pacquiao was voted as congressman from Sarangani during the May national elections.

Roach’s winning ways also didn’t escape the attention of the paper, citing Roach’s triumphant association not only with the Filipino but with…

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