Greatest Boxers of All Time
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.
This is the Only Man who could beat you before he ever entered the Ring. If you wanted to slug it out he would make sure you had no one to hit and if you wanted to box he would out think you and you would still loose. He said it all when he said I am the Man who handcuffed lightning and threw thunder in Jail. Not to mention he was a Civil rights activist and a humanitarian and those are titles that most of the other boxers will never be able to claim. My favorite story is the one about one of his Daughters. It was said that she was being teased in School when she told the other Kids that her Dad was the Champ. So he made it a point to fly back home and not only walk her to School, but he also sat in class with her for that whole week. He is loved on all 7 Continents and by people of all Races and that is another title that Boxers will never be able to say about themselves. So when you see the Letters or word "Goat" you will know we are talking about the G.O.A.T. Greatest Of All TiMes
Largely considered the greatest Heavy weight of all time rivaling Joe Louis. In his prime he had one of the greatest chins, hand speed, heart and leg speed for any heavyweight in history. Boxing technique incorporated on the greatest jabs in history. Could use his weight well in close quarters and his jab-right hand combination dominated the sport for decades. Beat 6 Hall of Famers including 3 Great Heavyweight champions at the peak of their careers; Foreman, Liston and Frazier. Even in decline, beat contenders and world champions with heart, strong chin and intelligence. First three time Heavy weight champion following a Olympic Light Heavyweight Gold Medal. Dominated the greatest era in Heavyweight history.
Muhammad Ali-this man is my role model. He was a boxer like no other, and always gave others belief when they thought there was none. He will never be forgotten in this world and will ALWAYS be loved. He stood his ground, and fought to keep black and brown people safe. He wasn't just a boxer, either-he was a HILARIOUS comedian, and a FANTASTIC man for quotes. Such a shame he had to pass away-it wasn't just a shock for his family, it was a shock for the whole world. A part of me is gone. A part that will never be there again. There will never be another Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali- a super role model. RIP.
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 his first ...more
Easily the most skillful boxer of all time, had an amazing defense, devastating attack, could one-punch KO you with either hand, could KO an opponent retreating, had probably- along with prime Ali- the best footwork, had amazing hand speed and was one of the few boxers that had mastered every punch in the book. He was also an amazing strategist in the ring and his record is unbelievable 200 fights, 173 wins (108 by KO), 19 losses (1 TKO when he failed to come into the ring from his corner due to heat exhaustion, and 18 of his losses came in the later stages of his career when he was way past his prime, Sugar Ray was never knocked out by any of his opponents even when he was past his prime), 6 draws. When he was in his prime he was at W-128, L-1, D-2, NC-1! That's incredible, not to mention that he fought some of the great middleweight boxers like Jake Lamotta, Rocky Graziano and Carmen Basilio. Pound for pound he is the greatest boxer ever.
Ran his record up to 123 wins with 1l and 1draw. The one loss coming to a man whom by today's standards would be three weight classes above him. The only fighter that had absolutely every tool and every punch from every possible angle or scenario. Ali didn't have the dynamite power Robinson had. Pacquiao has virtually no defensive skills. Mayweather doesn't have the power, aggressiveness or the jab to make robinson respect him. Defense and counter punching will only get u so far in a 15 round fight with a prime welterweight Ray Robinson throwing combos frome every angle.
...the fact that Ray Robinson is ranked below Pacquiao and Tyson shows that this site is a popularity contest and shouldn't be taken seriously. It's sad that sites like these shape opinions for people. Do your own research. I'm not saying Robinson is the undisputed GOAT, but he is in the debate. Harry Greb is in the debate. So is Sam Langford. You can make an argument for Ali, but the only reason people are voting for Tyson and Pacquiao is because they are exciting to watch. If you base your opinion of a boxer on his knockouts then you shouldn't be voting on a list for who the greatest is.
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
Ironic that Tyson is considered both the most over-rated and the most under-rated boxer of all time, depending on your point of view. Detractors list a lack of "Quality" opponents while proponents argue he "killed" everybody when he was in his prime. It is a shame the fighters he opposed in his pre-jail era are not on anybody's "top fighters of all time" list. However, just because he didn't get to fight Joe Frazier doesn't mean he wouldn't have beaten him if he did. The mere fact that he is so polarizing obviously points to the opinion that he was at least "somebody" to be reckoned with. He didn't just beat his opponents; he demolished them. Some were beaten before they even got in the ring, which, ironically, illustrates both points of view on Tyson's ability. I honestly do not know what the prime Tyson would have done with the prime Ali. I realize he is considered by most to be the GOAT or at least top 3. I also know Ali lost to Joe Frazier, got his jaw broke and lost to Ken ...more
Tyson cleaned out the heavyweight division during his time and gets credit for that, but a criteria for being one of the best of all-time is dealing with adversity in the ring which Mike fails miserably! I remember Larry Holmes getting knocked down and crawling to his corner only to rise up and knock out his opponent the next round! Ali did it too. But you can't say the same about Tyson. Name one fight where he was knocked down and then got up and won. Evander Holyfield, a lionhearted champion showed in two fights with Tyson that Mike had no heart. When Tyson tasted canvas he could not reach deep inside himself to get up and win. He does not belong among the greats such as ali, Marciano, Foreman, and Holyfield.
A young prime Mike Tyson would have overwhelmed any fighter put in front of him period. Joe Frazier isn't even on this list and what a shame. Beating a in his prime Muhammad Ali and not even mentioned. Which is my point exactly here. Tyson would have beaten Frazier (the guy who beat a prime Ali) hands down. Rocky had hardest punch ever?!... Tyson would have beat him by knockout. We seem to forget how well Tyson moved his head bobbing and weaving right before he unleashed hell. You couldn't hit him and hurt him and by then you were getting your head knocked off. Mayweather?! Laughable! We are talking about fighters here. Hearns, Hagler, leanord, Duran, Chavez and we have Mayweather on here what a joke. At least respect Pac-Man for being on here... I pick Tyson because was the most powerful boxer of all time and the youngest to have unifiedall the belts. As far as that goes who in the hell can tell me anyone who even comes close to accomplishing what Robinson did?! No one... If anyone ...more
Sir Manny is the best boxer in the world. so he should be the top 1. because he is the only one who has reached the 8 division world champion in the world
Manny transcended the sport of boxing in a time when boxing is on a decline. He fought with a brave heart & fierce spirit. He keeps you at the edge of your seat whenever he fights. He carries with him the hope of his nation and the joy of his fans inside the ring. He conducts himself in a very respectable & friendly manner outside the ring. He never trash talked any of his opponents. He never fought dirty despite his opponents fighting dirty. His passion for boxing never diminished despite the corruption and unfair decisions of the judges & referees. He is the glimmer of light in the darkness that surrounds the world of boxing.
When I say number one in boxing all time, well mayweather is out of it.. Mayweather should never even be consider to be in the top 10 of this list because his skills and accomplishment in his boxing career is not applicable and not a desired one to be included. Mayweather is out in here. While Ali and pacquiao is in, to be honest pacquiao really deserved to be the boxing greatest of all time because on what he have done in boxing.. He accomplish 8 titles in a different weight division and he is the only boxer to do that.. He lifts the boxing into fame and bring into a new level of excitement.. Boxing is supposed to be boring without the show of manny pacquiao.. He bring intense every time he fights and puts a lot of actions.. Alli is not the same person or boxer like manny, he has no speed, no satisfying knock outs.. For me alli get a big credit because he is the first boxer to brought the sports of boxing into fame and his style was very impressive during the mid 60s, 70s, or 80s.. ...more
His fights are always exciting. He always comes out ready to brawl with who ever he fights. He never runs away and make it a boring fight. There is tons of action and that's what boxing is all about not watching someone dance around and run from the other fighter. If I fought any of those type of fighters I would walk over to the ropes and put my elbow on the ropes and wave at the other fighter to come on over and let's fight. I think that would make him look bad and he wouldn't have any choice but make him fight. Pacquiao all the way. I love a lot of the other fighters but Pac MAN is my pick.
In my opinion Rocky was the greatest puncher of all time, not sure about boxer being that his style was so unorthodox. The Rock would fight low to the ground trying to dismantle his oppositions body. Rocky was the best to me. He retired at 49-0. He fought the best at that time and beat the best. He and Ali were separated by a few decades but it would have been interesting to see skill vs will speed vs power and at the time folks would have made it black vs white. They're both 1 a and 1 b. To a lesser perspective sugar Ray Robinson was super so he might be 1 c as well. But those three were and still are head and shoulders above everyone else
Muhammad Ali was a great boxer but he was too slow and would be held up in the ropes until his opponent would get tired and ali would give a haymaker to end a fight. Rocky never let himself be touched his hands looked like if they were made of steel and he was fast in his punches and light on his feet. He went 49-0, 45 won by the way of knock out. He was a true champion and up to this day he will still be the greatest champ ever!
I voted for Tyson but had much difficulty doing so.In my opinion he is worthy of any top 3 list with Ali and Iron mike.I mean who can argue with an incredible 49 wins with no losses? Many say he lacked style and finesse compared to fighters such as Ali but do you really need style to be the best? No you do not. Sure, he didn't put on much of a show but as Rocky said himself,why waltz with a guy for 10 rounds when you can knock him out in 1?
Not only that the greatest fictional boxer of all time Rocky Balboa was based on Marciano.
Rocky was unreal. He never appeared hurt. His opponents would say he hits too hard. You can't take the punishment he dished out. Another fight that should be mentioned is Carlos Monzon. A terrible person, I know but won 81 fights in a row, finished 87-3, had 59 ko's. All 3 losses at the beginning of his career. Defended the middleweight crown 14 times. Killed his wife and went to prison, then he was killed in a car accident in 1995.
The greatest boxer, both in and out of the ring. 25 title defenses, pre-retirement he was only defeated once and avenged that defeat in a first-round KO. He beat the likes of power punching Max Baer, slick Max Schmelling, Joe Walcott, the quick Billy Conn, the 6ft 7 Ambling Alp, Primo Canera, Jack Sharkey, and others. His jab was otherworldly, he was a snappy, quick, and very powerful combination puncher, and had fair defensive head movements. He signed up for the military during the second great war and donated his purses for exhibitions to the US military, an act that sadly the Taxman did not notice and Joe was screwed over by the US government for years to come, forcing him out of retirement twice.
Joe Louis was/is my number 1. No one did it better. Held the title for almost 12 years. Problem was he had no one to fight. The three fighters that beat him all became heavyweight champions. Prettiest hard puncher ever. Ali, no doubt the prettiest boxer. Two out of three times I'd take Louis. You couldn't give rounds away to the Brown Bomber.. Couldn't play around, ala Norton, Frazier. Ali didn't play with them and he certainly couldn't have done it with Louis. The night Ali beat Cleveland Williams, he would have beat anyone. But withe records stretched out over time, their will never be a way to compare. Jack Dempsy, where are you now. The heavyweight division needs you.
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.
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.
Mayweather has delayed fighting Pacquiao for years and hasn't really faced the best before. Mayweather is a solid defensive fighter but may not be able to stand up to the offensive agility and quickness of the world's greatest southpaw. If Pacquiao doesn't knock him out in the first few rounds, he will wear him out in later rounds. Pacquiao needs to be hungry and throw the combinations because if he doesn't, Mayweather could sting him. Sadly, it's a US based fight and Mayweather is American so if it comes down to points, Pacquio is finished because the odds makers need a Mayweather victory in order not to lose millions!
Mayweather should be higher than #7 and definitely higher than Manny Pacquiao. He beat many champions in their weight class, he didn't have to weight drain them in order to beat them. Not only did he beat everybody he faced, he outclassed them. The guys he fought never recovered from the defeats he handed them. It's one thing to lose by a knockout, but it's another to have all your boxing skills be put on a show by a master like Mayweather. Anybody who says Mayweather doesn't deserve a top 10 position clearly doesn't know boxing, or is a one eyed Pacquiao fan or in most cases - both.
Love him or hate him, the man is a master boxer and his record shows that.
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
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
Does not get respect. Beat Duran in their first fight and flat footed, if he had been on his toes would have been like the second fight. Duran got away with so many low blows, elbows. He was the biggest dirtbag in boxing history. Not even in his book did he give any credit to Leonard, coming up with the lame excuse he didn't train and ate like a pig. Never gave credit to any of the fighters that beat him, not even Hearns who knocked this dirtbag flat on his face. Benitez kicked Duran's butt too but stupid ESPN list Duran in the top ten. What a joke.
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.
To me, the pound for pound greatest fighter. He possessed super speed, good power and the chin to take a punch. If not for a severe eye injury earlier in his career, he would have fought more fights. His epic fights with Hagler, Hearns and Duran will always be in my memory.
One of the greatest and most entertaining boxers of all time. One of the 4 Kings, the 4 best middleweights of the 70s and 80s. The man would have destroyed Floyd Mayweather Jr if they fought in the same era.
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!.
I had wrote this previously on a different page: Special. In his prime, Roy Jones Jr was something extraordinary. Ultimately, its difficult to sum up what made him so great in so few words, but he left a lasting impression. With the sheer hand speed, fleet of foot and reflexes that made him impossible to hit, Roy was able to get away with incredible showboating, and dazzling punch combinations. Realistically, Jones was faster than anyone in history pound-for-pound, even the great Sugar Ray Leonard at 147 would have trouble beating a 168 Roy to the punch. The hand speed will never really be matched, and the more I consider it, although other great fighters will come and go, Roy Jones Jr, wasn't just special. Roy was as close to Superman as any being will ever get. Watch the highlights and mull it over, because as Max Kellerman once said " We're never gonna see that again."
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!
Some quick little facts/quotes about Roy Jones;
>"hits like a heavyweight and moves like a lightweight. " ~ George foremen
>Montell Griffin (who has spared Floyd Mayweather (whom main "weapon" is his speed)stated- Floyd was no comparison as far as speed. Roy was much faster.
> "He possesses the fastest hands in boxing with lightning fast moves and explosive power in both hands. " ~ Bert Sugar
>"the greatest fighter of all time. " Mike MacCallum
> Roy is his career has held 10-11 major titles
> the first boxer in 106 years to go from middleweight- heavyweight world champion.
>the only boxer to go start his career at light middleweight and then go on to win a heavyweight world champion
> In his 6 defenses of his super middleweight belt(s)he won all of them by KO.
>the first boxer to go a whole round without getting hit
> most HBO appearances.
> he went 10 years where he didn't even ...more
Duran, if handled by superior American management and Media savvy marketing team would and should have ranked among the top 5 boxers in any weight in history. With his Killer instinct and his genius for cutting off the ring, and forcing his fight, he was unbeatable. Ray Leonard won the 2nd match by his own genius and forcing his fight which frustrated Duran beyond his emotional limit. Now the question is HOW Ray did that compared with the way Duran forced his fight. Ray di it through clownsmanship in my opinion and Duran used physical skill and sheer determination. So you be the judge of which those is more admirable for a boxer. As for "fighters", Duran was better than Leonard and that's what the world really wants to see - a real Fight.
Held the lightweight title forever chased Ray leonard (moved up to welterwight) in the first fight he showed it was man against boy. Was forced to take a rematch in one of the shortest time spans (allegedly after Leonard scouts reported he was partying and had balloned to over 200lbs and had about 45 days of training. Demanded money for second fight be deposited before the fight ( no mas fight was result of horrible conditioning. Don King cut him loose after loss to nobody Kirkland Lang later went on to win more titles I consider that a victory over one of the most corrupt promoters in boxing history. How many times has that been done? Laugh out loud His win loss record amazing. A brutal inside fighter and counter puncher.
Just The Greatest. He was far better than Ray Leonard, who admitted he was the hardest puncher he ever faced and that he was also the hardest boxer to hit cleanly. In fact Leonard said you couldn't hit him with a handful of rice. I don't think Roberto gets the credit he deserves as possibly second only to Sugar Ray Robinson in the all time greats list. And I mean no disrespect to any other boxer. They are all heroes for stepping into the ring. No matter where we place them in lists, all are great in their own unique way. Thank you for allowing me to comment. Harry.
Pound for pound arguably the greatest fighter to ever set foot in the ring. Duran was fighter and a truly explosive puncher who never once avoided an opponent, fighting all-comers at several different weights. Without doubt he is one of the all-time greatest fighters, and I do seriously question if many of those above him here who fought in his divisions could have beaten him in his prime.
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.
The best fighter ever, anybody that know real boxing and boxing history... KNOWS
Greatest featherweight. FRON the city of champions Hartford ft. Kid Kaplan Bat Battilo teddy red too Davis Marlon starring
Watch a Willie Pep highlight then tell me he is not the slickest boxer of all time
With a cat like spring he could close the gap on an opponent in an instant delivering a stunning blow with either hand, Yet he never lost his balance whilst switching stance or even when airborne. Truly the greatest middleweight ever.
Hagler was champ for yrs. There was no body that could match him, even when they would match him up with overwhelming oposition, like say when he fought John"The Beast"Mogabi, The Beast was suppose to be the stronger of the two, and was well favored over the champ, but Hagler gradually wore Mogabi down before knocking him out. Who most were saying could'nt be knocked out, not by another middle weight. That fight alone was a perfect example of how the boxing world never gave Hagler his props deserved. Take a look at his carrer, Marvin Hagler is the greatest boxer who ever lived, he was anatural weight always in perfect shape, and knocked his oposition out 98% of the time, or pummled and hurt anyone who could stay in the ring foR NOW REMEMBER THIS 15 ROUNDS, and always had enough for it seemed like 10 more. He lost to Suger Ray Leonard cause he could'nt chase him as fast as he could run around the ring, Leonard never once came close to hurting Hagler, his punches had nothing on them ...more
One of the only truly complete fighters. Guys like Ali Frazier and Tyson are good, but not complete. Guys like Hagler, and McCallum, they're complete boxers.
Hard as nails, a big punch and a great defense. He was fearless and was the best of the bunch of Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns & Roberto Duran.
Fearsome, powerful, possessed ninjalike reflexes, and skilled in long guard techniques, parrying, blocking, and feinting, all solid techniques all but forgotten even by his time. Even during his comeback when his speed and reflexes had diminished, he remained powerful and changed his style to suit his aging physical limitations to rewin the title, and remains the oldest HW champion ever. Oh, and he makes a mean grill too!
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.
George Foreman is known as one of, if not the, boxer with hardest punching power of all time. During an era of giants in boxing history, he defeated everyone and anyone who came in his path - usually with a second or third round KO. It didn't matter who he fought; even Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, the only ones, at that time, who had ever beaten the GOAT of boxing, Muhammad Ali, fell before him.
Foreman had one weakness. He was a bad tactician, but he later improved as a clever boxer when he made his comeback at the age of 38 and took back the championship at the age of 45.
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.
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!
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!
Jack Johnson Not only could beat them in the Ring Battles,But he also could beat the horrible prejudice society battles as it was in those times by never giving up..He was a Champion in and out of the ring.
I think Joe at his best would be a good bet to beat Ali. He was too ferocious for Ali in that first fight. Ali waited 3 years to fight Joe again, and then another year and 3/4 to fight again. Joe retired shortly after that. Joe crushed Ellis twice, Quarry twice, Chuvalo, who was never knocked down in his career (93 fights) George Chuvalo fought Patterson, Quarry, Ali twice, and Foreman. Joe also beat Oscar Bonavena twice to go with his victory over Ali. I would say best heavyweight is between Marciano 49-0 and Louis 66-3. Louis lost to Schmeling and avenged it with a 1st rd. ko. The other 2 losses where when was old and about to retire. Best fighter ever Sugar Ray Robinson. At one time in his career, Ray was 129-1. Only loss to Lamotta whom he beat 5 times. I also think Roberto Duran who won 103 fights deserves a place. He was 72-1 at one point.
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.
Joe never ducked anybody. Fighters often avoid contenders who might be equal or even better. Joe Frazier fought everbody. He beat everybody who was a contender for the vacant belt. He was Champ but he had to fight Ali to prove it to the world. The fight of the century was the first time in history two undeafeated champions fought. Joe Frazier won. Boxing was never this great again. Rest in peace Champ.
Joe Frazier beat up Ali in their first fight, while taunting Ali and laughing at him. After the 5th round, Ali was just hanging on and trying not to get knocked out. My favorite moment of the fight was the 8th round, when Joe just grabbed Ali's hands, pulled him away from the ropes and then drove him back. That was Joe showing Ali who was boss on that day!
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 longest undefeated strike in boxing history, most title defends in boxing history, most tickets sales in boxing history, Chavez highest knock outs percent in boxing history, and Chavez ducked not one boxer in his career, Chavez is truly the best boxer in boxing history, no one will ever do what he has done.
He was the best Mexican fighter and will be and also compared with American fighters in which has won 88 fights straight without loosing or telling the judges to give him the wins. He earned his fights respectively with serious hard work.
I consider Julio Cesar Chavez not just because for the times the he fought world champions. For the reason the he went 89-0 before he lost. For many knockouts and for the reason the he fought the greatest boxers.
Didn't vote for this one but should definitely be in the top 5.My trainer is always showing fighting clips of the British icon to me because unlike Ali whose only defense was speed or Marciano who lacked foot work this legend had a great ratio of all the crucial points of Boxing.He was smart too though,he quit on top and stopped boxing at the right time rather than prolonging his career excessively rather than 2 fighters I will not mention.CRIMINALLY UNDErrated!
As a Brit, Lewis never really inspired me. Management held him back far too long but his accomplishments show he was a late bloomer. Undoubted talent but not sure if his heart was really ever in it. X4 title regains says a lot to the contrary, but still...just not exciting enough a heavyweight for me.
He had the body, technique, art and disipline. He's undeniably the greatest in his own era, tested against all fighters that count. One of the very few boxers who has defeated everyone he has faced. World champion for three times. Well, what else? In every list he should be in the top 5.
Lewis as number 24? What a crock!
He's the no lower than the top 4 greatest heavyweight boxers of all time after Ali, Frazier and perhaps Marciano. He also retired early and avenged his couple of defeats both of which were controversial.
Best fighter ever
He know how to punch
A hard-hitting, fleet footed, constantly moving pressure fighter, often unfairly considered an unsophisticated brawler, though he innovated many techniques behind punch throwing, head movement, footwork, weight transfer (Bruce Lee got his punch technique from Dempsey), and the effective bob and weave style all of which greatly affected the development of boxing technique. His left hook is arguably the greatest in Boxing History. He was known as a giant slayer as he beat such large strong men as the KO artist Fred Fulton, powerful Carl Morris, the Wild Bill Luis Firpo, and of course big Jess Willard among others. He outboxed top contender Gunboat Smith twice, the slick Tommy Gibbons, KO'd future champ Jack Sharkey knocked out Bill Brennan twice and avenged a loss against Fireman Flynn with a first-round KO. In fact, of Dempseys many knockouts, over half were in the first round, making approx 47% of his victories first round KO's. Fighters like Patterson, Frazier, and Tyson modeled ...more
The name to be remembered, the hard hitting boxer and savage of the ring, I like his style, the way he moved and punished his opponents.
He should be in the top ten. I heard his name all the time when I was a little boy, and he had not played in 45 years!
Dempsey brought into a ferocity that has never been matched.
He's top for sure if he's not number 1. Only 4 time heavyweight champ. Should have won the gold in the Olympics but was disqualified for knocking the guy out at which point the guy who "won" the gold raised hollyfields hand. Destroyed Tyson the first time and to this day Tyson admits Holyfield was the better boxer both fights. He's simply not as famous as Ali or Tyson was because he wasn't a big or fast talking hype fighter. He was simple and yet a great fighter. Watch the tapes.
Holyfield is best ever he won the title in cruiserweight and then heavyweight. He fought everybody in his prime and he had health problems when he did it. Where was Lewis in 94 when Holyfield was regaining the title? Getting tkoed by Razor Ruddock Tysons old sparing partner. Lewis and Tyson didn't even fight a 40 yr old Foreman or R Bowe, but Holyfield did. Holyfield should have retired after beating Tyson who was still 3 or 4 yrs younger than him even after prison. Holyfield took everything from big guys like Foreman, Bowe, Douglas,Mercer, and anyone in front of him. Standing at 6 feet 2 and around 210 lbs he's the best pure pound for pound Heavyweight.
He is a man who never quits, never back down, and is without a doubt the most underrated boxer. Sadly, most people only recognize him a the guy who lost part of his ear to Mike Tyson. This man knew how to box. Period.
Absolutely no question that Evander Holyfield is the greatest boxer ever.
And his humility and love for God are what make him such a lovely human being.
See you in Heaven one day Evander.
Simply the best
Most feared heavyweight since Jack Dempsey. Despite his age, ruthlessly dominated his era, and was a master of the jab and uppercut. He completely obliterated the division and was ducked by reigning champ Patterson for several years. When he finally fought him, it was lights out in round 1.
Sonny Charles Liston's reputation was trashed by the sporting journalists of the day. Everyone talks about Muhammad Ali beating him, but Liston was an old man when he lost and, let's be fair, every great fighter looses in the end (Muhammad Ali included). The quality of the opponents that Liston defeated (annihilated) was far higher than other heavyweight fighters in the top 10.
Most feared boxer of his time, was undefeated for 7 years, destroyed the legendary floyd patterson 2 times! In under 1 round and many others of his time, only the legendary muhamad ali defeated him in his prime and that was in very shady circumstances. Should be at least in the top 10 in my opinion
Undefeated for 7 years most feared boxer of his time Muhammad ali said he was scared to death people said they saw peoples legs shake when they got in the ring George foreman was scared to talk to liston
If his current spot makes it look like he was just an above average boxer with a small fan following, read up. Harry Greb is considered possibly the greatest middleweight of all time, maybe even over Sugar Ray Robinson. He once won 45 fights in a row, enough for an entire career, in one year alone. (That's almost 1 fight per week.) He was also the light heavyweight champ, took out enough top contenders to be one of the best heavyweights in the world, and was the ONLY fighter to beat Gene Tunney, who would go on to beat the one and only Jack Dempsey twice.
So yes, Greb's placement here is 100% a popularity thing, not helped by the fact that no footage of his fights is known to exist. (The fact that he beat, sometimes crushed, fighters who showed legendary skill on tape has boxing fans watering at the mouth to see even one recording.) To hardcore boxing aficionados, he is one of four boxers standing in a league apart from everyone, pound for pound, the other three being Sugar Ray ...more
Pound for pound, the "Pittsburgh Windmill" should be under the top 10. Who the hell made up this list?
Greb has to be in the top 10. He won 261 fight, 45 against HOF! And he fought half his career blind in one eye
Perhaps the best boxer to never get a title shot, Sam Langford was the best of his time. The great Jack Johnson who he had fought, beat and lost to multiple times, ducked him after winning his title against tiny Tommy Burns. Langford despite being a natural super middleweight was regularly knocking out heavy-weights, and even as an aging old fighter managed to beat Harry Wills (who would beat him later on). The legendary Jack Dempsey would exclaim he was the only boxer he would have feared.
The greatest uncrowned boxe of all time. In 1915 Sam Langford went against the greatest boxer at that time Jack Johnson Johnson won but Langford put a cut the size of a hotdog on Johnsons left cheek