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Top 10 Boxers of All Time

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Who are the top 10 boxers of all time? This can
be a highly debatable topic, especially now that
we’ve seen countless fighters lace up and
trade punches on top of the ring. Also, styles
make fights. There are those boxers who
performed well on boxers with specific
styles.

The sweet science is a combination of power,
grit, finesse, and heart displayed inside
the squared circle. Over the past decades,
we’ve witnessed the evolution of the fight
sport paving way for sluggers to slick boxers
who made their way into the ring. We’ve seen
countless rounds and controversial decisions
that have made an impression to every fight
fan. Let’s start counting the top 10 boxers of
all time.

  1. Willie Pep
    One of the finest featherweights and boxing
    innovators to ever enter the ring, Willie Pep
    made it in our list of top 10 boxers of all time
    because of his smooth boxing skills. Living in
    the early days of boxing during 40s to 60s, he
    finished his historic career with a total of
    229 wins with 65 knockouts.

His style is reminiscent of boxers like Manny
Pacquiao and Ivan Calderon who popularized
the sport today. Willie Pep is known to be an
innovator of the sport, given his magnificent
footwork, timing and excellent hand speed.

He retired after suffering from an accident.
He passed away at age 84 in 2006.
9. Julio Cesar Chavez
Mexican boxers are known for their heart in
the ring. And if there’s anyone who embodies
this trait, that would be Mexico’s favorite son,
Julio Cesar Chavez. JC Chavez made his career
from 1980 to 2005, facing the likes of
Oscar Dela Hoya, Meldrick Taylor and Hector
Camacho. Chavez is not only known for his win
streak, winning 87 straight fights in 13
years, but also for his exciting matches.
Chavez is known for his technical ability and
slugger mentality that caught the attention of
both casual and avid boxing fans alike.
Chavez made a career out of his left hook and
ability to trade and accept punches from very
tough opponents.
After hanging the gloves, Julio Cesar Chavez
has won six world titles in three different
weight divisions from 1984 to 1994. It is
also worth mentioning that he received the
Ring Magazine Lightweight championship in
1988.

Today, Julio Cesar Chavez works on the corner
of his son Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
8. Bernard Hopkins
If there is something that made Bernard
Hopkins in our list of top 10 boxers of all
time, it is his ability to compete against high
level boxers despite his age. Born in 1965
at age 51, The Executioner has been able to
face the biggest names from middleweight to
light heavyweight division. He broke George
Foreman’s record as the oldest boxer to win a
world championship.
Bernard Hopkins was also the former number
one pound for pound boxer by Ring Magazine. He
managed to reign as world middleweight
champion from 1994 to 2005. He was able to
face the likes of James Toney, Roy Jones Jr
and Jermane Taylor.

  1. Joe Frazier
    Joe Frazier has been known as the toughest
    rival of Muhammad Ali. He is an Olympic gold
    medalist and a world champion who lived in
    the glory days of the heavyweight division.
    Smokin Joe is a star pupil of Eddie Futch, a
    boxing trainer known as a tactician for his
    methodical approach in training fighters.
    Frazier has been known for his body punches,
    unrelenting attacks and extreme durability.
    He was able to fight Oscar Bonavena, Buster
    Mathis and Doug Jones even defeating
    Muhammad Ali in one occasion.
    But what defined Joe Frazier’s career is his
    historic Thrilla in Manila rubbermatch against
    Muhammad Ali. Thrilla in Manila took place in
    Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines.
    Thrilla in Manila is considered by many as the
    greatest boxing match in history. It has even
    been used by anti-boxing advocates in their
    attempts to ban boxing as a sport. Smokin Joe
    eventually retired one match after Thrilla in
    Manila. He died in 2011 with liver cancer.

  2. Roberto Duran
    Nicknamed the Hands of Stone, Roberto Duran is
    the number six in our list of top 10 boxers of
    all time. He is considered by many as the best
    lightweight in history. He is one of the four
    horsemen who fought during the best era of
    welterweights in the 80s. During his career,
    he’s been able to fight in four different
    weight divisions from lightweight all the way
    up to middleweight.
    He is the second boxer to have fought in five
    different decades. Unfortunately, Roberto
    Duran’s career was most infamous after saying
    no mas after becoming frustrated against Sugar
    Ray Leonard. It was only in 2000 when Duran
    finally decided to hang the gloves after his
    rematch against Hector Camacho.

  3. Mike Tyson
    Who wouldn’t remember Mike Tyson? Mike Tyson is
    considered by many as the hardest hitting
    heavyweight who ever lived. He fought the
    heavyweight division with a fearsome
    reputation. His quick bobbing and weaving
    reflexes combined with fast heavy hands made
    him the youngest heavyweight champion.
    Mike Tyson easily caught the attention of
    boxing aficionados by winning his first 19
    bouts via knockout. He was able to defeat
    Trevor Berbick in just two rounds in 1986 to
    become the youngest heavyweight champion. The
    year later, he was able to amass both WBA and IBF
    heavyweight crown making him the first
    heavyweight to successively unify the IBF, WBC
    and WBC heavyweight titles. However, Mike
    Tyson was defeated by the underdog Buster
    Douglass in 1988.
    Mike Tyson would later return in 1996 after
    being convicted of rape. He was able to face
    Evander Holyfield in 1996 only to lose via TKO
    in the 11th round. During their rematch, Mike
    Tyson ended up disqualified after biting
    Evander Holyfield’s ear. At age 35 in 2002,
    he also fought Lennox Lewis losing via
    knockout. Tyson called it quits in 2006.

  4. Sugar Ray Robinson
    Another all-time great in our list of top 10
    best boxers is Sugar Ray Robinson. Sugar Ray
    Robinson is considered the pound for pound
    number one by many boxing critics. He could also
    easily be the number one in our list of top 10
    best boxers of all time. In fact, Sugar Ray
    Robinson was the very first boxer to be
    considered as the pound for pound champion.
    Inducted in the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990,
    Sugar Ray Robinson had an 85-0 run as an
    amateur. As a professional, his record was
    nothing short of amazing. He had a 91
    winning streak. He retired with a total of
    200 fights in his record winning 173
    fights, 108 of which were via knockout.
    Sugar Ray Robinson viewed both Henry Armstrong
    and Joe Louis as his inspirations during his
    early years in boxing. What defined Sugar Ray
    Robinson’s career was his rivalry against
    Jake Lamotta. He had a six fights with the
    raging bull. He won five of six of those
    matches.

  5. Manny Pacquiao
    Manny Pacquiao is larger than life in the
    Philippines. He is a politician, an actor,
    and a singer in his home country. However,
    what made Manny Pacquiao one of the all-time
    boxing greats is his ability to fight and
    dominate in different weight classes.
    Manny Pacquiao managed to win ten world titles
    in eight different weight divisions.
    Starting his career as a light flyweight, he’s
    able to win world titles in different weight
    divisions becoming the number one Ring
    Magazine pound for pound champion at one
    point.
    Manny Pacquiao made a name in the US after
    defeating series of tough Mexican opponents
    such as Marco Antonio Barrera, Eric Morales, Juan
    Manuel Marquez and David Diaz. In December
    2008, Manny Pacquiao jumped several
    weight classes above to face the Golden Boy
    Oscar Dela Hoya. After demolishing Oscar Dela
    Hoya in eight rounds, this propelled Manny
    Pacquiao into superstar status, making him
    one of the highly paid athletes of his time.
    Manny Pacquiao lost to Floyd Mayweather in 2015
    in one of the most highly anticipated matches
    of the year. The match had a total of 4.4
    million pay-per-view buys making it as one of
    the biggest events in boxing.

  6. Joe Louis
    Considered by many as one of the best
    heavyweights of all time, Joe Louis was able to
    become the world heavyweight champion from
    1937 to 1949. Joe Louis helped popularize
    the sport right after Jack Dempsey. He made
    a reputation as a clean and honest boxer, who
    at that time was a breath of fresh air when
    the sport was ruled by gambling interests.
    Joe Louis is a cultural icon considered as the
    very first African American to win the hearts
    of America. He is also known for his Anti-Nazi
    sentiments especially during the Second World
    War.
    Unfortunately, Joe Louis had to deal with tax
    woes forcing him to make a post retirement
    comeback. With a $500,000 debt, he had no
    other choice but to fight in the ring once
    again. In one of his post-retirement matches,
    he took a beating against Rocky Marciano.

  7. Muhammad Ali
    Making it on top of our top 10 boxers of all-
    time list is none other than

    Muhammad Ali.
    Muhammad Ali is considered by many as the
    greatest boxer of all time by many critics. He
    was able to defeat the likes of Joe Frazier
    and George Foreman during one of the best
    years of the heavyweight division.
    He was also one of the most charismatic
    athletes who ever lived. He is not only a
    tremendous boxer during his prime, but also an
    entertainer.

Do you agree with our list Top 10 Boxers? Who do
you think should’ve made it? Feel free to leave
your comments below!

Top 10 Boxers of All Time

  1. Muhammad Ali
  2. Joe Louis
  3. Manny Pacquiao
  4. Sugar Ray Robinson
  5. Mike Tyson
  6. Roberto Duran
  7. Joe Frazier
  8. Bernard Hopkins
  9. Julio Cesar Chavez
  10. Willie Pep

Source : Wonder List

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