Greatest Boxers of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 - June 3rd 2016) was an American former professional boxer . He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.

If Ali were in the same weight class as Manny he would destroy him. Ali would dissect Manny's brains and make him believe he was invincible. Physically Ali had faster hands, better foot work, the best jab of all time, a diamond chin that was unbreakable and a heart that wouldn't give in. Mentally he is just too smart for Manny, He would psych Manny out and toy with him before and during the fight. He is a genius, and that can't be beaten.

Easily the Greatest of All Time, the greatest boxer, thinker, competitor, role model, and the greatest leader for loving people, competing with his all, and not thinking of his self.

Was Most fearsome boxer in the world he should be no 1

The Goat...That's It

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2 Mike Tyson Mike Tyson

I get kind of tired of people giving Tyson less credit than he deserves and its bull. Everybody complains about how Tyson just fought average fighters and not the best and when he fought the good fighters he lost. Tyson dominated for about 5 or 6 years fighting pretty much the best of his time. Yes he beat an old Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks but lets admit do you really think that those bag of bone boxers could beat one of the strongest punchers of all time by using jabs and crosses? Mike would beat them if they were in their prime the only reason why Larry ever became famous anyways was because he won against a old Muhammad Ali its funny how no one ever brings that up how Larry won against an ancient Ali but everyone brings up Tyson won against ancient Larry Holmes. Then Spinks came into the argument; you know at least Larry was able to last about 3 or 4 rounds but Spinks got knocked out in 91 seconds that's is basically domination. By the time he went to fight Buster Douglas ...more

Tyson was the most exploited boxer in terms of "myth building" by Don King's organized crime organization and the sporting press ate it up which created the most over rated fighter in history! Tyson was a wonderful combo of speed and power and given the tomato cans that his handlers put in front of him, he was destined to reach the top of the heavyweight division at some point but it was no accident that a boxer with power like Buster Douglas knocked Tyson out early on because Tyson was vulnerable to a big puncher. He was never again to face a quality opponent until the two Holyfield defeats and then the Lewis destruction. George Foreman never got the chance to fight Tyson as his promoters knew that the match up of styles would expose the five foot eleven Tyson to the knockout power of the out of shape, aging Foreman. If you want to understand the heavyweight division you should study film footage of the greats like Jack Johnson, Evander Holyfield. George Foreman, Joe Frazier and even ...more

When it comes to the two best of all time it's no doubt Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. When it comes to Ali vs Tyson I pick Tyson every time. Tyson won against tomato cans as you say but he also had some a lot of good wins and if Tyson and Holyfield would have fought in 1991 I bet the fight would have been a different outcome. You say Tyson never won against anybody to good and lost to the best competition. Not completely true Tyson is the youngest man on earth to have ever to capture all three heavyweight belts and it a two time world champion. Tyson was in a time of newer and improved fighters while Ali was in a class of people that were not in his league. Ali is good no doubt but could Ali deal with what Tyson dealt with? Ali beat Sonny Liston wasn't Liston just the regular brawler? Floyd Patterson was really no different than Liston he didn't move very well and was very slow. Anyone see how George Foreman fights? As Ali said he fights like a mummy and that you can out run a mummy. ...more

Fast, dynamic, explosive, strong, and determined

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3 Sugar Ray Robinson

Ali said himself and always maintained that Sugar Ray Robinson is the greatest boxer of all time.

He said of himself, he was the best heavyweight. And because he was the larger man, not the better boxer he would have beaten a Sugar.
Pound for pound Sugar was the best.

Roy Jones wouldn't win against Sugar with both men in their prime even if they fought ten times!

Mike Tyson over Sugar Ray Robinson is a joke, and the comments on Tyson's slot, trying to counter claims that he was overrated only serve to demonstrate their own ignorance and affinity for hype. (Attempting to claim Larry Holmes - also a better champion than Mike Tyson, for the record - is only known for beating a shot Muhammad Ali is all I should have to point out to demonstrate.)

As for Robinson, there's a reason anyone who's not currently a more popular name (and several that are) are ranked below him. The term "pound for pound" best was single-handedly started for Robinson. He was one of the fastest of all time, he somehow had durability and knockout power to go with it, he could fight with virtually any style, he was equally good with both hands, and he was champion in 2 different weight classes. He only lost once to his biggest rival, another all time great, against beating him 5 times. And who else beat Robinson? For his first 131 fights, nobody, and up until ...more

I respect and agree with much of your comments. But so much of any of our arguments are subjective. We don't, and never will, know for sure, much of what we write here. What can we know? What the results were when one fighter we contend was great fights another we contend was great. That's pretty much it. I can watch all film of Sugar Ray Robinson I want, but having never seen him live, I can only surmise so much. Now obviously, his record speaks volumes. Just the shear number of fights must put him in the highest circles, and his record of 85-0 as an amateur and 128-1-2 to begin his pro career are almost beyond comprehension. That's an incredibly strong argument on its own. When we factor in his speed and footwork, it's clear we are talking about one of the best fighters ever. My only contention is, sadly, we can never know for sure. Even Ali has his detractors. And certainly Iron Mike has many questions. So this time I'm voting for Marciano. - Ned964

Pound for pound Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest boxer of all time his record wins in professional and amateur speak for themselves. He was officially never knocked out by any fighter and he fought until he was 45 years old. The man won boxing titles in welter and middle weight divisions. His only blemish is his TKO loss to light heavyweight champion Joey Maxium. A fight he was winning on all judges scoring card until the fight was stopped because of heat exhaustion Robinson suffered fighting at the old Yankee Stadium. He will always be THE GREATEST FIGHTER AND BOXER OF ALL TIME.

The Greatest there ever was. The very reason for the creation of tge pound 4 pound list.

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4 Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao

DEFINITELY NO ONE CAN MATCH HIS RECORD HE MAKE A HISTORY NOT ONLY IN BOXING BUT ALL CHAMPION IN THE WORLD HE IS THE ONLY ONE WITH 8 CHAMPIONSHIP BELT, AT THIS TIME NO ONE CAN BEAT HIM, MAYWEATHER HAVE SO MANY EXCUSES HE AFRAID TO FIGHT MANNY CAUSE HE KNEW HE WILL LOST

Pound for pound BEST IN THE WORLD!... I'm glad he's number one... I mean its not like he has to prove anything.

Spell Manny Pacquiao in English, "THE BEST"
you know why? because he is the best.

LIVING LEGEND

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5 Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano should be number 1, he beat Ali in the Super Fight Animation! He is still undefeated even though he is dead (RIP), went to 49-0, had one of the hardest punches in fighting history, NOT JUST BOXING! He beat Joe Louis and also MANNY PACQUIAO NUMBER 1!? That's very bad, it is between Ali and Marciano.

marciano is the best... he has begun his career while he was a soldier that is why I appriciate him... besides he just super, best ever

He is the greatest of all time and he also has the greatest single punch of all time when he knocked out joe walcott for the heavyweight championship of the world. 49-0. He is also my favorite boxer of all time. 49-0.

Undefeated vs all comers.

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6 Joe Louis

This man is simply the greatest, watching him fight in his prime...no-one ever stood a chance. His only legitimate loss was against Max Schmeling and Joe knocked him out round 1 of their rematch. The precision he had, he was able to land one in right on the chin every time as opposed to throwing random hard punches until his opponent was done. I find watching this man far more spectacular than any other boxer as every knockout of his was some perfect direct hit that looked like he was planning from the very beginning. Ali prepares moments like this, but Joe just waited and prepared for the moment to land his perfect 1 hit KO punch. - connorfordham

What makes an athlete great is not only how much they excel at a sport but how they standardize the sport and how they inspire people (black and white, rich and poor alike). We, unfortunately live in a time where athletes are nothing more than athletes. No one stands up for anything anymore or inspires us to be great at what ever we do like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, or Rocky Marciano. Joe Louis has my vote for #1 place. He has an outstanding record and title defenses and well as longevity. Joe Louis #1.

These are some very strong points you make for Louis. An incredible man. - Ned964

A real peoples champ, he was undefeated for 12 years! and was champion for that long as well!

They made chocolates after this dude. enough said

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7 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This guy doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the top twenty his whole carrer he's been ducking fighters he just fights boxers he knows he can beat he is in it more for the money than the glory so if you want to even be mentioned with the greats you fight all comers even if you know there is a chance he will wipe the floor with you.

This guy have been hated on nearly his whole career. Everyone they put in front of him, they say he would lose to, he beat. Let's not forget early in his career, he was the one being ducked by the top fighters before his hands broke down on him. Even with that, he became one of the best defensive fighters of all time. He had over 20 title fights and never been knocked down. Over half of his fights been against champions and former champions. He have the highest percentage of punches landed. He also considered the best of his era in any weight class. Pacquiao had delayed the fight against Mayweather because he said he didn't like needles while he was training and before the fight. Mayweather personally called him and offer to wire him 50 million of his own money to take the fight. Of course Mayweather got the blame for it not happening sooner, but ultimately he beat Pacquiao and other excuses came about. Hands down Mayweather Jr. should be easily in the top 3

Thank you. A realist. And a fan of the entire science of boxing, not just it's slugfests. A great fighter who for some reason isn't appreciated by the masses. - Ned964

He asked for De La Hoya and Mosley way back in the early 2000s. He told Pacman to take the blood test in 2009 so that they'd be on equal playing fields. He defeated an undefeated Ricky Hatton and in 2001, Diego Corrales. He beat Shane Mosley after quite possibly Shane's most impressive win of his career. He defeated De La Hoya when Oscar was the A-side fighter. He has the best hit to not hit ratio in the history of boxing. He has defeated more world champions than anyone in the history of the sport. He's undefeated. He has never been knocked down once in his entire career. He makes the best boxers in the world look like amateurs with his brilliant defense. He took out every single fighter that people wanted him to face, and when they said they'd give him his credit if he won, they proceed to make excuses for the loser, and ultimately try to diminish what is another day in the office for Floyd. Anyone that had a close fight with him, he rematched instantly and completely outboxed them. ...more

Thank you! You see the results, not all the hype that so many seem to focus on. Why this guy is hated on I just don't get it. Great fighter - Ned964

There is no word for this #incredible_human

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8 George Foreman George Foreman George Edward Foreman is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1977, and from 1987 to 1997. Nicknamed "Big George", he is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist.

Foreman was the most feared fighter of his day and retired for ten years during his absolute prime. He returned to the ring in poor shape (for only the money) during the reign of Tyson. Don King knew that the match up of styles would not be in the best interest of Tyson and the myth they had fabricated around Tyson and would not make the dream fight happen. An interviewer asked Foreman if he thought he could beat Tyson as Tyson had dismissed the prospective match as a "piece of cake! " The interviewer said to Foreman "you must admit, he's a pretty tough cookie" Forman replied "yah but that tough cookie is afraid of this piece of cake! " Foreman's power, longevity, jab, chin, and second career success ranks him among the top five fighters ever. The other four in any order are Jack Johnson; Roberto Duran; Teofilo Stevenson; S Ray Robinson.

Foreman was outsmarted in Zaire plain and simple. Ali didn't beat Foreman, Foreman beat himself. Foreman was "punched out" with little left in the tank. If you look at the tape, It was an arm punch that put him down, Ali wasn't planted when he threw it. A rematch would have had a different outcome which I suspect is the reason there wasn't one. He wouldn't have been fooled the second time. Foreman "could" have been the greatest of all time.

Tyson would have started the fight whipping Foreman's butt, laughing to himself at how easily he was beating the old man. After a few rounds of watching Foreman stumble around the ring Tyson would start to tire and wonder why this old man was still standing. Finally, he would find himself laying on the floor wondering how the hell a tree trunk was able to come swinging through the ring and pummel his poor fragile body into mush and why the referee was holding Foreman's hand up to the cheer of the crowd.

Why he look like apollo creed from Rocky

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9 Roy Jones Jr.

really impressing und stunning - untouchable.
combining lightning speed and reflexes with ko-power - he had the complete package.
He was so fast, this enabled him to do what he wanted to, although it surely wouldn't work out for anybody else.
Unique!
Should have fought more in his prime and easily beat everybody - he had no opponents.
Should have end his career after his heavyeight-title-fight.
Poor and sad career-ending.

Pound-4-pound, he possessed the best combination of reflexes, punching power along with hand and foot speed in boxing history. Probably the most dynamic puncher as well, considering the speed and power he possessed in both hands.. Consistently embarrassed world class opponents through out his career, in his prime NOT only did he remain unbeaten but it was rare for him to even lose a round.. Legacy is hurt due to staying in the game to long and being unwilling to take risks in the ring... In my opinion he would have outclassed Robinson!

I feel like everyone over looks Roy. In his prime I don't think anyone could have beaten him. So much speed and power. He threw those punches from the side that looked like nothing yet yielded devastating knock out power. His dancing and taunting with hands behind his back only to counter with knock outs. He was a fighter who evolved past boxing. The was very little fundamental to his style. GOAT!

Arguablly the best fighter ever lived but.. after the great muhammad ali

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10 Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar ray is one of the greatest boxers of all time. Leonard was 1 of the most versatile boxers the game has ever seen, from he speed, his ring generalship&toughness. You fools have him ranked at 20 goes to show that you guys don't know nothig about boxing. Lets end on a reel note Aryon Pryor were is he rankm on your list. The Greatest jr welterweight of all time. Up grade your boxing knowledge.

If there is any truth that there is one boxer greater or the best of all other boxers leonard would be my choice he won all the great boxers to be great you have to beat great boxers he did that

I would rank him maybe seventh best of all time. If his defense was much better, he would easily be in the top five.

Lightning hand speed, with above average power. At his best, I feel he rose to the top of the deepest pool of talent there ever has been. His fought in the same class as "Hitman"Tommy Hearns, Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran and "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, all in their primes at the same time. That's just sick. This was boxing's heyday. - Ned964

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The Contenders

11 Joe Frazier

What makes a real Champion? Real Champions do not duck anybody. Joe fought the best! Joe beat the best! Joe lost too. He can rest in peace because he was a fighter in the truest sense. Fearless sportsman through and through. Boxers must challenge themselves or else they lose before the bell rings. Joe was a winner because he fought the top contenders. Fearless.

Remember, he knocked Ali's ass to the ground and won the first fight between them.

"strong body with strong upper cut and was a real champ"
Feel sorry about his untimely death... Bye bye joe

Smoking Joe the people's champ

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12 Julio Cesar Chavez

Went at least 88-0 (13 Years)longest in over 75 years, held titles in three different weight divisions, most successful title defenses (27), most title fights (37), at least 10 year as champ. First pound for pound title. Best fighter ever.

Was undefeated and was able to go to 88-0 now that's really saying something, about how good he is!

He got the record and longevity as champion that nobody in history is going to much ever, especially now on days where champions last only a couple of years and choose and pick who they want to fight so they can be sure they going to win. Just look at mayweather he refuses to fight manny to ge won't tarnish his record but was a undefeated record when you fought no top contenders and that's why Julio cesar Chavez is the best because he fought the best there was.

The greatest and his record 88-0 that’s says a lot. Didn’t fear anyone he literally started from the bottom

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13 Marvin Hagler

One of the greatest middleweights of all time mayweather wouldn't stand a chance

Marvin Hagler was the best boxer in the world! He is too good for words! He had quick combinations and wonderful hand movement

I understand this discussion is purely subjective, but I had to laugh at some of the fighters ranked ahead of him.

Yeah, a strong point. It might be many of the younger voters never saw him fight, and what a shame that is. I do see a few names ahead of him that would not be anywhere near my top ten, or twenty for that matter. But as you say, the list is highly subjective. This cat in his prime was unbelievable - Ned964

Best middleweight ever. He was robbed.

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14 Jack Johnson

No one at any weight could take Johnson in his prime. His defense was an art form that no one else could master. Who could last 20 to 40 rounds? He carried fights to sell film footage for financial gain but had the power to end a fight in round one. Watch Ken Burns documentary "Unforgivable Blackness" to see film of this super human from the early 20th century!

He was the first African American Heavy Weight Champion of the World...at a time when the Race Line was in full force. To achieve what he did during an Era of Tremendous Racism he attained and retained the crown for 8 years...He never had the chance to become a "2 Time Heavy Weight Champion" either...Totally underrated and deserves to be ranked higher...Long Before Joe Louis or Sugar Ray Robinson or Ali...There was Jack...and He is my #1 Boxer of All Time...32 years and a record of 77-13! Yeah that says it all...

He should be ranked much higher. Probably in the top 5 of all time. If you watched the many bouts that he fought in way back in the day, most heavy weights today would've struggled to beat him. They were out there fighting 20 rounds in the hot elements of 90 degrees temperatures in a lot of his fights. That's unreal when you think about it. A true beast of a fighter who was shockingly good on defense and smart!

He got knocked out by mike Tyson thought

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15 Evander Holyfield

The best, he beat Tyson and had a lot of good fights and beat a lot of people. He just beat somebody a few months ago at the age of 49!

A great fighter! Even better than most of these boxers and has obviously still got it! World Champ and beat TYSON a few times!

He beat Tyson a few times and he just recently won a fight over somebody, at the age of 49! He is an amazing boxer!

In my humble opinion, not a great fighter. Fought in a vacuum, devoid of much talent.Luckily for Holyfield, Tyson was washed up, an out of shape bum, a shell of his former self. - Ned964

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16 Lennox Lewis

Great boxer... But never got the respect he deserve... Heavyweight class was weak during his era... Even weaker now!

He certainly was fighting in a watered down heavyweight division, but let's face it, that division hasn't been relevant in almost 40 years. I believe Lewis, Holyfield and even Holmes and Tyson all benefited from a weak division. Sadly, we can only speculate on how good they really were - Ned964

The greatest UK boxer of all time! He beat Tua, Tyson and Holyfield! He can beat anyone if he tries his best!

He beat legends like, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and even David Tua! He can battle with anyone if beat all of those three!

Top 5 easily. He beat everyone there was to beat other than Bowe, who he beats in the Olympic Final and both of his losses he avenged both by KO

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17 Henry Armstrong

Held the 125, 135 147 titles at the same time and just missed winning the 160 crown by points! Most fighters today sleep in their dressing rooms till it's time to fight. Hammering hank would shadow box 15 three minute rounds to warm up, then go fight 15 three minute rounds in the fight! Other than the larger heavyweight fighters of today, the lower weights would get their asses handed to them by the old timers! Including Jones, Mayweather and Pacquiao.

No one in that history of boxing has accomplished what Hammering Henry was able to...buff said!.

#6 all time

18 Bernard Hopkins

Top 10 for sure. Beat people way younger than him and his career is incredible. Wins over oscar and Trinidad etc.

hopkins can adapt to any style and may win by late hnockout or decision

Your my ideal

It's self explanatory the executioner had the most title defenses and won almost every weight division Ko Del La Hoya and Trinidad - mountainhawk

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19 Willie Pep

Watch a Willie Pep highlight then tell me he is not the slickest boxer of all time

242 fights, lost 10 or 11, eat that! He would have smoked all of the boxers of today in the featherweight division. Also he, not Roy Jones Jr. was the first fighter to win a round not only by not getting hit but not throwing a single punch! He made opponents look like clowns in the ring.

Has to be in the top 3 best fighters ever just look at his record 229-11-1

Wiillo the Wisp

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20 Larry Holmes

The Ivan Lendl of boxing. A modestly talented fighter who just happened to fill a void between over the hill Ali, Frazier, Foreman and the rise of Tyson, Holyfield, Lewis. His record is great on paper due to this fact (which was out of his control) and affected his own objectivity regarding his place in boxing history.

Lol. I like the Lendl reference. He did look awesome knocking out the host of bums he was asked to. I did see him take a massive shot square on the jaw from a kid named Ronaldo Snipes that would have ended many a fighters night, if not there career, but Holmes got up, took his count, got thru the round, and then outclassed the kid from there out. That was the only time I was really impressed by Holmes.. Now that I think of it, didn't Ivan Lendl have like a 140 mph serve? - Ned964

49-0 Until they gave him a defeat against Michael Spinks, what a joke.

One of the best boxers of all time but sadly was never recognised and should have done 49-0 but because he wasn't liked it got fixed

Holmes was robbed by Spinks. That sent his career into a downward spiral.

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