Rating of the Greatest Boxers of All Time
By Space Coast Daily // February 8, 2023
The ranking of the best boxers of all time is always a subject of controversy that will never subside.
Even with the opinion of authoritative publications, they do not always agree. Based on their opinions and the achievements of athletes recognized by various publications, we have compiled our rating of the best boxers in the world in history. By the way, boxing is one of the most popular sports in bookmakers and real online casino websites.
Fifth place. Floyd Mayweather, USA
An example of how to lead a boxing career. He was undefeated in 50 fights and broke Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0. Floyd is definitely not the best in history, but he is definitely the smartest fighter in the history of boxing.
This is reflected not only in the work inside the ring but also outside it. One of the main components of American’s success is competent promotion and timely selection of opponents. Mayweather has a lot of defeated tops in his track record (Pacquiao, Cotto, Moseley, Marquez, Gatti, Alvarez, de la Hoya, Judah, Hatton).
However, claims repeatedly flew to his address that Mayweather fought them when they were past their peak. Nevertheless, these opponents themselves agreed to fight the Americans, because, in battles with May, they earned the biggest fees in their careers. In the past decade, Mayweather has become the highest-paid athlete in the world, beating giants such as LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Tiger Woods.
In the ring, Floyd was one of the untouchable fighters that were hard to reach even with the tip of a finger. He felt the distance so subtly that he knew how far he had to move his head back so that the glove flew millimeters away from him. Mayweather had the highest fighting IQ and could afford to fool his opponents for all 12 rounds, risking his health. However, he has never been knocked down in his entire professional career.
Fourth place. Mohammed Ali, USA
This rating could not do without The Greatest. Muhammad Ali’s accomplishments speak for themselves, as do his iconic fights against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman that have gone down in boxing history. He set new standards for boxing. In general, the level of its development can be safely divided into before and after the time of Ali.
In fact, he continued the work of Sugar Ray Robinson and made boxing an even more recognizable sport. Many contemporaries grew up on Ali’s fights, claiming that he was the Greatest Boxer who was the standard of boxing for them. His arrival can be compared to the tactical revolution in football, which brought Arsene Wenger and Josep Guardiola. Ali did his job not only beautifully, but also smartly.
He pointed out the importance of footwork and bodywork on the ropes. From there, the well-known principle came: “Flit like a butterfly, sorry like a bee.” Although he missed a lot of punches, because of which he was stricken with Parkinson’s disease, which of the lanky heavyweights dodged punches so often?
In general, Ali’s influence went beyond the ring, because his charisma extended to the whole world. It is not surprising that he was included in the list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. This is a world-scale value that cannot be blocked. But in our ranking, he is only the fourth.
Third place. Sugar Ray Robinson US
Robinson is one of the most dominant boxers in history. He ruled the ball for about 15 years. But the most important thing is not this, but his role in the development of boxing.
The era of Sugar Ray dramatically influenced this noble sport. Thanks to him, boxing has become more technical and beautiful. For example, Robinson was the first to point out the importance of footwork. If before him moving on his feet was considered cowardice, then over time it became a sign of an intelligent fighter.
Robinson really changed boxing, influencing Muhammad Ali himself.
But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t an aggressive fighter. Sugar dealt with his opponents very brutally, smashing those at the ropes so that they flew back under Ray’s percussion mallet. And how many people fell into a deaf knockout from Robinson’s left hook – there are not enough fingers and toes to list.
He is one of those fighters who fought almost every month. And during his fighting career, he had almost 200 fights, in which he won 174 victories. Because Sugar’s track record is impressive – Jake LaMotta, Rocky Graziano, Bobo Olson, Fritzi Civic, Kid Gavilan, Randolph Turpin, Rocky Castellani, Carmen Basilio, George Costner, and many other prominent fighters.
Second place. Mike Tyson, USA
Mike can be considered a new type of heavyweight. His predecessors relied only on striking power, and Iron Mike also had amazing technique, deadly speed and incredible physics in his arsenal. His work as a “pendulum” in the shuttle is definitely a breakthrough and know-how for the heavyweight division. The personal project of the legendary trainer Cus D’Amato became the ideal machine for the destruction of fighters.
At the start, Mike was so good that even experienced fighters in the face of Larry Holmes did not last long. Therefore, Tyson easily broke records for winning the championship belt – at the age of 20 he became the world champion, and at the age of 21 – the absolute champion.
At the peak, no one could pick up the keys to this car. He was so perfect and indomitable that some fighters capitulated even before the battle. Andrzej Golota completely ran away from the ring after the second round. All because Mike Tyson was standing in front of him.
But, unfortunately, their passion for drugs, alcohol, and girls ruined Mike’s great career and sent him to jail. And, unlike Floyd Mayweather, Tyson did not have a reliable rear that could take care of his financial and social well-being. Instead, Mike had the greedy and odious promoter, Don King.
First place. Manny Pacquiao, Philippines
At his peak, he is by far the best boxer in the world and the best fighter in history. No one could beat him in his prime. In the second half of the 2000s, Pacquiao was as productive and dangerous as possible. It was at that time that Pac-Man destroyed one opponent after another. And it was in those years that Manny filled the main backbone of his track record. Just look – Eric Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Oscar de la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton.
And the Filipinos did not just defeat such big names, but destroyed them and declassified them. Moreover, some of their faces were painted in hematoma colors.
His unstoppable fighting style, constantly moving and changing angles, made Pacquiao great. Just think, he is a world champion in eight weight divisions. This is a record that is unlikely to be beaten by anyone in the 21st century. This is a living phenomenon that has managed to unleash insane potential.
But, unfortunately, in the 2010s, Pac-Man began to fade. And in the fight of the century against Floyd Mayweather, he came out as a straightforward runner with a rich background. But we are sure that at the end of the 2000s, Pacquiao would have butchered Floyd.
That is why Mei delayed this duel for as long as possible.