Four-time ESPY Award-winner Floyd Mayweather Jr. was once again up for "Best Fighter" of 2013 honors alongside Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstars Jon Jones and Anderson Silva, as well as fellow boxers Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Danny Garcia.
Make it five.
"Money" -- who competed just once this far this year to retain his WBC Welterweight title and win the vacant "The Ring" Welterweight belt in a rout of the over-matched Robert Guerrero -- was able to attend the ceremony this evening (July 17, 2013) at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Calif., this time around because he was not behind bars.
Mayweather has now won the award two straight years, while only competing just as many times. He will, however, return to the squared circle once more this year when he collides with the aforementioned "Canelo" in a blockbuster showdown planned for MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept. 14, 2013.
Meanwhile, the nomination marked the third straight for "Bones" and was No. 3 for "The Spider," who garnered consideration in 2009 and 2012. Unfortunately, Silva's chances dwindled drastically when his historic Middleweight title reign ended abruptly courtesy of a Chris Weidman left hook at UFC 162 earlier this month (see it here).
Jones assumed the mantle of best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA as a result; however, if nothing else, the ESPY Awards, which are determined by fan votes online, proved once again that it's nothing more than a popularity contest.
And, at the end of the day, boxing remains the combat sports king.
Jones took it all in stride, posting on Twitter.com, "Big congratulations to Floyd Mayweather ... One day."
Indeed, provided Jones continues his unprecedented Light Heavyweight assault and Mayweather continues to get older. Or, if someone wants to book a "competitive match" between the champions despite their size (and skill) difference.
For complete ESPY Awards 2013 results and winners be sure to check out the complete list right here.