It’s time to visit the world of boxing now. There have been some special talents in boxing in the last century at all weight divisions. But to me there are certain fighters that just stand out with their amazing abilities. Here are the ten greatest boxers of all time, enjoy.
10. Wladimir Klitschko – ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ may not have made this list at the start of the year after being convincingly defeated by Tyson Fury. However, his last outing against Anthony Joshua was nothing short of spectacular, he may have lost, but at the age of 41 he showed everyone how good he is and that he can still compete with the young guns. Klitschko has fought in 29 heavyweight title fights, more than any heavyweight champion in the sport’s history. He also holds the record of having defeated the most boxers with an undefeated record, at 12, and has also defeated ten current or former world champions throughout his career. He’s a long and rangy orthodox fighter who uses his vicious jab to great effect. Klitschko has notable wins over Haye and Povetkin and has a record of 64-5, dominating the heavyweight division.
9. Manny Pacquiao – At the age of 37 Pacquiao made his comeback against Jessie Vargas, in which he won the WBO welterweight title. Pacquiao possesses great head movement and beautifully timed feints. The ‘Pac-Man’ uses his straight left and right hook to trouble his opponents. But his main attribute is his ferocious speed. The Filipino is well known for being one half of ‘The Fight of the Century’. The ‘Pac-Man’ has a professional record of 59-6 with notable wins over De La Hoya, Hatton and Cotto. He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America, WBC and WBO.
8. Mike Tyson – ‘Iron Mike’ had his fair share of controversies throughout his career but nothing can take away how dominant he was in the ring. He is the youngest boxer to win the World heavyweight Championship at the age of just 20. Tyson was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them. Tyson missed out on 3 years of his prime due to his prison sentence, but came back strong. The Baddest Man on the Planet was known for his ferocious style and his exceptional power with 44 of his 50 wins coming by way of knock out. He has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
7. Roberto Duran – The man from panama had 119 professional fights with 103 wins and 16 losses. He competed from 1968 to 2001, a career spanning 5 decades. He was a brawler in the squared circle and he was nicknamed ‘Hands of Stone’ due to his incredible punching power. He is a four weight world champion at lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight.
6. Rocky Marciano – Rocky was the only heavyweight to finish his career undefeated with a perfect record of 49-0. He had a very short career spanning 8 years. He held the heavyweight title from 1952-1956. Rocky was known as a pressure fighter with incredible stamina. Marciano was also a hard hitter with a knock out percentage of 87.75%.
5. Willie Pep – If it wasn’t for number 2 on this list, Willie Pep would be the greatest defensive boxer ever. His defensive ability and intelligence in the ring were sensationally brilliant. Pep was a phenomenal boxer who went his first 62 fights unbeaten. Pep was an orthodox fighter who finished his career with an impressive 229 wins, 65 coming by way of knock out and 11 losses.
4. Joe Louis – The ‘Brown Bomber’ reigned from 1937 to 1948 and was a World Champion for close to 12 years. Louis was victorious in 26 title defences, a world record second only to Julio César Chávez with 27. He was an orthodox boxer with real vicious power with 52 knock outs on his resume. Louis was a fighter during World War II and his fights had social, political and international significance. The Alabama native is without a doubt an American hero.
3. Sugar Ray Robinson – Sugar Ray fought from featherweight to light heavyweight. Robinson was 85–0 as an amateur with 69 of those victories coming by way of knockout. In his professional career, Sugar ray had a record of 173 wins out of which 109 were knockout wins, 6 were draws and 2 fights were no contest matches. He lost just one of first 123 fights, to Jake LaMotta, a defeat avenged five times throughout his career. He was one of the most complete boxers to ever grace the ring. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
2. Floyd Mayweather Jr. – ‘Money Mayweather’ is without a doubt the best defensive boxer of all time. Mayweather Jr. makes his opponents miss then he makes them pay. Floyd has an excellent boxing I.Q and has the best shoulder roll defence of any boxer there has ever been, it made his chin elusive. One of the main criticisms of Floyd is that he would duck several fighters and pick and choose who he wanted to fight, mainly avoiding stars in their prime or picking a time when he was likely to beat them. Despite this Floyd is the biggest PPV draw in boxing ever and has wins over some great boxers like De La Hoya, Canelo and Pacquiao. Mayweather ties the record for the best unbeaten record in professional boxing at 49-0, in recent times.
1.Muhammad Ali – “I am the greatest, I said that before I even knew I was”. During his prime, the 6’3″, 215 lbs heavyweight possessed the moving abilities and reflexes of a welterweight. He would duck and dodge his opponents effortlessly. Muhammad Ali reinvented the way that heavyweights could fight, they were no longer just fighters that were stiff and relied on big shots, Ali showed that heavyweights could be light on their feet and move around the ring. Ali was the first heavyweight to win the World Championship 3 times. We sadly lost out on some prime Muhammed Ali as he was banned from fighting following his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. Ali finished his career with 56 wins and 5 losses, 3 of those losses came in his last 4 fights at the age of 38 and 39 when he should’ve retired but his competitive nature would not let him. Some of his notable wins include Frazier, Foreman, Liston and Cooper.