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List Rules Any boxer from any era who competed as a middleweight. No other divisions

The best middleweight boxers of all time are those greatest men ever to compete at the 160-pound weight class in the history of boxing. These all-time greatest boxers are the worldwide champions of yesteryear and the stars of today but overall, they are the top boxers to ever head into the ring for a middleweight match.

Though he saw most of his success in the welterweight class, many would argue that Sugar Ray Robinson is both the best middleweight boxer of all time and pound-for-pound among one of the best boxers of all time. The five-time middleweight champion had a long and glorious career including an 85-0 amateur record, a 91-fight unbeaten streak and the title as the only boxer to win a divisional world championship five times. In 200 total fights, he had only 19 losses and six draws.

Besides Robinson, there are many other great boxers who made a name for themselves in the history of middleweight boxing. Carlos Monzon, Harry Greb, Marvin Hagler, and Freddie Steele are among the classic middleweight boxers that are considered the best of all time while more recent stars like James Toney, Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Jermain Taylor each deserve some love for their success.

How do you compare the classic middle weight boxers with those famous stars of today who are primed to make legacies of their own? What about those greatest fighters who also fought in other weight classes, perhaps better? However you rank them amongst each other, do so below by voting on, adding to or re-ranking this list of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time. When you're done, head over to rank the best lightweight boxers of all time too!

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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Sugar Ray Robinson Died at 68 (1921-1989)

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Carlos Monzón Died at 53 (1942-1995)

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Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Roy Jones Jr. age 48

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Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Harry Greb Died at 32 (1894-1926)

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Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Jake LaMotta age 96

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Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 59

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Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Stanley Ketchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Carmen Basilio Died at 85 (1927-2012) - 1927 

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Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Mickey Walker Died at 80 (1901-1981)

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Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Tony Zale Died at 84 (1913-1997)

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Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Calzaghe age 45

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Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Gene Fullmer age 86

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Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Bob Fitzsimmons Died at 54 (1863-1917)

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Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Marcel Cerdan Died at 33 (1916-1949)

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Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Ezzard Charles Died at 54 (1921-1975)

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James Toney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
James Toney age 49

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Dick Tiger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dick Tiger Died at 42 (1929-1971)

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Nino Benvenuti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Emile Griffith Died at 75 (1938-2013)

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Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Freddie Steele is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Freddie Steele Died at 72 (1912-1984)

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Joey Giardello is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Joey Giardello Died at 78 (1930-2008)

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Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Charley Burley Died at 75 (1917-1992)

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Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Mike McCallum age 61

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László Papp is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
László Papp Died at 77 (1926-2003)

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Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Young Corbett III Died at 88 (1905-1993) - Considered the greatest Southpaw of all time by Boxrec.

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Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Paul Pender is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Paul Pender Died at 73 (1930-2003)

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Marcel Thil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Marcel Thil Died at 64 (1904-1968) - Boxrec's greatest French fighter of all time.

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Les Darcy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Les Darcy Died at 22 (1895-1917)

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Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Johnny Dundee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Johnny Dundee Died at 72 (1893-1965)

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Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Randolph Turpin Died at 38 (1928-1966)

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Philadelphia Jack O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien Died at 64 (1878-1942)

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Tiger Flowers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Tiger Flowers Died at 32 (1895-1927)

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Steve Collins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Steve Collins age 53

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Michael Nunn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Michael Nunn age 54

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Gerald McClellan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Jack Dillon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Dillon Died at 51 (1891-1942)

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Tiberio Mitri is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Tiberio Mitri Died at 75 (1926-2001)

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Lou Brouillard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Lou Brouillard Died at 73 (1911-1984)

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Bennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Bennie Briscoe Died at 67 (1943-2010)

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Gustav Scholz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Gustav Scholz Died at 70 (1930-2000) - 88-2 with an unbeaten streak of 68 fights despite catching tuberculosis at his prime.