Boxing has a rich history over the centuries, with some of the most historical figures coming from the boxing world. From heavyweights to skilled featherweights, these boxers have left their mark to be remembered as the greatest boxers of all time.
“Who is the greatest?” Simple yet intriguing question! This has been thought about or the most asked question in almost every sport. And when it comes to boxing, it’s no different!
As we discuss the top ten best boxers of all time, we will dive into their career and even their records. And, of course, this discussion is open, and you can keep your thoughts in it.
While we are at it, start with your guessing games, and let’s see how many of them you can get in place. The information in this article is prepared in reference to Marca.
The Top 10 Best Boxers of All Time
10) Shane Mosley
(Fully named: Shane Andre Mosley, Nickname: Sugar Shane Mosley)
Mosley is an American former professional boxer who is a 2-time lineal champion at the welterweight and light middleweight divisions. He has featured in the weight division class of lightweight, welterweight, and light middleweight.
Likewise, he is considered one of successful lightweight boxers who has ever lived. As for his fighting record, he stars with 49 wins (41 KO), 10 losses, 1 draw, and a single contest.
As one of the high-profile boxers, Shane has garnered numerous accolades under his name. In short, he depicts the IBF lightweight, WBC welterweight, and Ring magazine light middleweight titles.
9) Sugar Ray Leonard
(Fully named: Ray Charles Leonard, Nickname: “Sugar” Ray Leonard)
Often titled the greatest boxer of all time, Leonard was also regarded as “Boxer of the Decade” back in the 1980s. Back in the day, Leonard was also part of “The Fabulous Four.”
This group included Leonard himself and three others; Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler. Indeed, this group flourished through the 1980s, which earned them immense popularity.
Leonard portrays a boxing record of 36 wins (25 KO), 3 losses, and a draw.
As for his championships, he has bagged five weight division world titles, three weight division lineal championships, and an undisputed welterweight title.
8) Joe Louis
Late Joe Louis was a former professional boxer, often regarded as one of the ring’s most influential ones. Everyone knows his dominance inside the ring; he had reigned as the world heavyweight champion.
(Fully named: Joseph Louis Barrow, Nickname: Brown Bomber, Joe Louis)
Not to mention, he is one of the top three greatest power punchers. Apart from it, he stood as the boxer with the longest single reign as champion in history.
Joe reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949. The tremendous puncher was victories in 25 consecutive title defenses, a record for all weight classes.
Joe portrays a fighting record of 66 wins (52 KO) and three losses.
7) Roberto Duran
Starring in the ring for thirty-three years, Joe Louis is best known as a versatile brawler and pressure fighter, which earned him the nickname “Hands of stone.” He even stood as the fifth greatest fighter of the last 80 years back in the early 2000s.
(Fully named: Roberto Durán Samaniego, Nickname: Manos de Piedra (“Hands of Stone”), El Cholo, Rocky)
By the time Joe ended his career, he had stood with 103 wins (70 KO) and 16 losses. He bagged titles in four different weight classes during his career and was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Indeed, Duran is one of the finest lightweights that has ever lived with a well-known ferocious fight. He retired in January 2002 following his car accident in Argentina.
6) Mike Tyson
Tyson is popularly known as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time and the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990. During his career, he has also garnered WBA, WBC, and IBF titles.
(Fully named: Michael Gerard Tyson, Nickname: Iron Mike, Kid Dynamite, The Baddest Man on the Planet)
He won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the heavyweight title.
Mike is best known for his ferocious fighting and intimidating boxing style. He depicts a boxing record of 50 wins (44 KO), 6 losses, and 2 no-contests.
Furthermore, he made a cameo appearance in the Tamil movie Liger, released on August 25, 2022.
5) Guglielmo Papaleo (Willie Pep)
A late professional boxer, better known as Willie Pep, is one of the most graceful fighters. He is undoubtedly considered one of the best fighters of the 20th century and even the best boxer of all time.
(Fully named: Guglielmo Papaleo, Nickname: Will o’ the Wisp)
Not to mention, Pep has also stood as the #1 featherweight fighter in the 20th century. As for his boxing record, he has 229 wins (65 KO) with only 11 losses and a single no-contest.
During his career, Peo has garnered 25 victories in the featherweight division. He was voted as the No.1 featherweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press.
4) Manny Pacquiao
Currently, the only boxer to win world championships in 8 weight divisions in the history of boxing, Manny holds 12 major world titles.
(Fully named: Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao Sr., Nickname: PacMan)
Likewise, Pacquiao is also the oldest welterweight world champion in history, and might we add, one of the best boxers of all time too!
Today, he even holds the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Glancing back at his boxing record, Manny portrays 62 wins (39 KO), 7 losses, and 2 draws.
3) Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the only pound-for-pound fighter without a loss. As a former boxer, he has collected fifteen major championships altogether.
(Fully named: Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr., Nickname: Pretty Boy, Money, TBE “The Best Ever”)
In 2016, Floyd stood as the greatest boxer of the last 25 years, pound for pound. Additionally, he is well-known for his defensive skills and punches.
As he hung his gloves, Floyd garnered 50 wins, among which 27 were by knockouts.
2) Muhammad Ali
As his nickname suggests, The People’s Champion, Ali, is the most significant heavyweight who ever lived. He was the most celebrated name in the sporting industry in the 20th century.
(Fully named: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. Nickname: The Greatest, The Louisville Lip, The People’s Champion)
Through loads of ups and downs, Muhammad has fought in numerous historic fights to gain his impeccable feat. Ali depicts a boxing record of 56 wins (37 KOs) and 5 losses.
1) Sugar Ray Robinson
In the end, Sugar Ray Robinson stars as the greatest boxer of all time on the list. Since his amateur days, Robinson has been a dominant figure with the third-longest unbeaten streak in history.
(Fully named: Walter (Walker) Smith Jr., Nickname: Sugar)
During the prime of his career, he became the then-foremost boxer to win a divisional world championship five times in history.
Robinson garnered 173 wins (109 KO), 19 losses, 6 draws, and 2 no-contests throughout his career.
Furthermore, he held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951 and won the world middleweight title in the latter year.
Well, this sums up all the names of the top boxers on the list. With their different best skills in the ring, from punches to defense, they have proved to be the most entertaining factors to look after.
Let’s end our session with a quick summary of the boxers. Herewith our top ten greatest fighters of all time stand as follows;