Best Boxers of All Time

While fistfighting as a sport and means of defense was known since Sumerian times (5000 years ago), boxing as we know it established in Great Britain and the US in the 19th century. Gloves, square boxing ring and a set of rules to prevent the sport becoming a reason for deaths of the fighters. Since then the world has seen plenty of glorious champions with their triumph spiced up by huge prize money and anticipation for each major fight. Each person who is interested in boxing supports his favorite fighter, generally based on the region he represents. RankTopTen will help you state your thoughts about those top class fighters and this is the list of the greatest boxers of all time.

With various boxing titles across all weights, the competition is always raging. Young talents come to the US from the outskirts of the world searching for glory and fame. Some like Manny Pacquiao do triumph and stay on top for a long time. Famous boxers always are a joy to watch. Remember the time called Klitschko Era, when two brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, were holding all professional heavyweight championship titles? That’s what we love boxing for. Best boxers like Evander Holyfield or Floyd Mayweather Jr. become national heroes, gathering millions of people around their TV watching them fight. Our technological advancement allows us to witness the best boxers of all time even if their career is long over and what’s more important, decide who's the boss!

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Muhammad Ali

Sugar Ray Robinson

Frequently called the one above the greatest boxers of all time, he is most famous for his unbeaten streak which lasted for 91 fights from 1943 to 1951. He was the first ever boxer to win divisional world championship five times. His rich lifestyle caused legends to spawn but after retirement his entertainer career did not go well.


Rocky Marciano

Born in a family of Italian immigrants, Marciano was one of many famous boxers that earned their fame during that period. Boxing since 1947 up to 1955, he was undefeated during this whole career and lost his heavyweight title only in 1956, after the retirement after 4 years of being a word champion.

Mike Tyson

Manny Pacquiao

Widely considered among the greatest boxers of all time, Manny Pacquiao is a holder of unique record. He is a boxing octuple champion, holding 8 titles at the same time. He also became champion in 5 linear competitions, often fighting against much bigger opponents. Now he enjoys his spell as the Senator of Philippines.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

George Foreman

A successful entrepreneur, a founder of a grill business named after himself, and one of the best boxers during his career from 1967 to 1997 with a 10-year break. He was the first boxer to beat Joe Frazier in the ring. He has won heavyweight championship for two times, being the oldest champion in the division.


Julio Cesar Chavez

One of the best boxers of all time that came out of the Southern hemisphere. This Mexican beast is a record-breaker with the most title fights, title wins and the longest unbeaten run at 13 years. 107 wins and only 6 losses in professional career. 25 years of successful career and the grand Mexican triumph, his achievement is magnificent.


Sugar Ray Leonard

A permanent resident of all best boxers lists, he rightfully deserves his spot. Sugar was competing for 20 years until the end of his career in 1997, winning titles in five weight divisions. He is a lineal champion of three divisions. He is a part of the Fabulous Four who were competing in the 80s and popularized middleweight boxing.


Roy Jones Jr. ( Best Boxers of All Time )

He is one of many famous boxers that built on their career and achieved success in other areas unrelated to professional boxing. Top fighter of the 90s according to BWAA, he was the first middleweight boxer in more than a hundred years to win a heavyweight title. Today he is a coach, commentator, actor and rapper.


Joe Louis

Considered to be one of the best boxers of all time in heavyweight division. Joe Louis, Brown Bomber, was a champion for whole 12 years from 1937 to 1949. This reign included 26 championship fights, all won. Louis is a massive person to culture as he is the first African-American to ever achieve this success in the professional boxing.

Felix Trinidad

Marvin Hagler

All famous boxers lists include this southpaw from Newark, New Jersey. Marvin Hagler, also known as Marvelous was competing on the professional level from 1973 to 1987. An undisputed middleweight champ for seven years, he marked his reign with one of the strongest chins ever, having the ability to withstand the strongest punches.


Evander Holyfield

The Real Deal from Alabama, he is often named among the best boxers of all time. Starting his professional career in 1984 he was the major figure on the ring up until 2011, the year of his official retirement. He enjoyed Undisputed Heavyweight Champion title for two years, beating Buster Douglas who defeated Mike Tyson in Tokyo.

Wladimir Klitschko
Jack Dempsey
Larry Holmes
Willie Pep
Henry Armstrong
Bernard Hopkins
Jack Johnson
Joe Frazier
Lennox Lewis
Naseem Hamed
Arturo Gatti
Wilfredo Gomez
Archie Moore
Salvador Sanchez
Jimmy Wilde
Sam Langford
Oscar De La Hoya
Roberto Duran
Roberto Manos de Piedra Duran
Sonny Liston
Thomas Hearns