Manny Pacquiao Wins Best Fighter at ESPY Awards 2009

Our very own Manny Pacquiao won the “Best Fighter” award at the ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards 2009, dubbed as the "Oscars" for worldwide sports performances.

The ESPY Awards is an annual sports awards event created and broadcast by American cable television network ESPN. Begun in 1993, the event confers eponymous awards, fully styled as Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards, for individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given ceremony.

The 2009 ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Here is a complete list of ESPY Awards winners for 2009:

Special Awards

Arthur Ashe Courage Award:
President Nelson Mandela

Jimmy V Award For Perseverance:
Don Meyer, Northern State University coach

Best Comeback:
Dara Torres, Olympic swimmer.

Best in Sport

Best Female Athlete:
Nastia Liukin, Gymnastics

Best Male Athlete:
Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming

Best Moment:
US Swim team wins thrilling finish in Olympic relay

Best Team:
Los Angeles Lakers

Best Coach/Manager:
Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers

Best Game:
Steelers vs. Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII

Best Championship Performance:
Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming

Best Play:
Roethlisberger to Holmes Super Bowl Winning TD

Best Upset:
US Soccer shocks Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals

Best Breakthrough Athlete:
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Best Record Breaking Performance:
Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming

Best Sports Movie:
The Express: The Ernie Davis Story

Best Male College Athlete:
Tim Tebow, Florida Football

Best Female College Athlete:
Maya Moore, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

Best Male Athlete with a Disability:
Jason Lester, Ironman Triathlete

Best Female Athlete with a Disability:
Erin Popovich, Swimming

Best International Male Athlete:
Usain Bolt (Jamaica, Sprinter)

Best International Female Athlete:
Lorena Ochoa (Mexico, Golf)

Individual Sports

Best Baseball Player:
Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

Best NBA Player:
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Best WNBA Player:
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

Best NFL Player:
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

Best NHL Player:
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Best MLS Player:
Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy

Best Male Action Sports Athlete:
Shaun White, Skateboarding/Snowboarding

Best Female Action Sports Athlete:
Maya Gabeira, Surfing

Best Bowler:
Norm Duke

Best Driver:
Jimmie Johnson

Best Fighter:
Manny Pacquiao, Boxing

Best Male Golfer:
Tiger Woods

Best Female Golfer:
Lorena Ochoa

Best Jockey:
Calvin Borel

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