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The Best Boxers of All Time 

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List Rules Any professional boxer from any weight class and any era. No MMA or martial artists

This list of the best boxers of all time is ranked by boxing fans worldwide. The goal is to determine the greatest boxers ever. The list establishes individual rankings of specific boxers and helps answer the question, "Who is the greatest boxer of all time?" This list includes some real legends of the boxing world.

Who are the best boxers of all time? Anyone can vote on the greatest boxers of all time, which means these boxers are truly fan favorites. From Olympic legends like Sugar Ray Leonard to sports idols like Muhammad Ali, there are numerous choices to examine when contemplating the question of who is the greatest boxer of all time. Vote now to help determine the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Muhammad Ali (; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest," he is ...more

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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Middleweight
Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr.; May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965. Robinson's performances in the welterweight and ...more

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#42 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #7 of 204 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Rocco Francis Marchegiano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), best known as Rocky Marciano (), was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world ...more

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#3 of 204 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History #753 of 2,830 The Most Influential People of All Time #1 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), best known as Joe Louis was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from ...more

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as ...more

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Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight
Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956), best known as "Sugar" Ray Leonard, is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor. Often regarded as one ...more

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#23 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #5 of 78 The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Joseph William Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), nicknamed "Smokin' Joe", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1965 to 1981. He reigned as the undisputed ...more

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#1,003 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #13 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1977, and from 1987 to 1997. Nicknamed "Big George", he is a two-time ...more

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Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed ...more

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#1,670 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Centurylisted on College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH ( PAK-ee-ow; Tagalog: [pɐkˈjaʊ]; born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as a senator of the Philippines. ...more

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#1,264 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #15 of 204 The Toughest Professional Fighters in Historylisted on Famous Left Handed People

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Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight
Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer who competed from 1968 to 2001. He held world championships in four weight classes: lightweight, ...more

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#155 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #25 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #5 of 50 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight
Roy Levesta Jones Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American former professional boxer, boxing commentator, boxing trainer, rapper, and actor who holds dual American and Russian citizenship. He ...more

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#46 of 204 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History #26 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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Julio César Ch&aa... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight
Julio César Chávez González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxuljo ˈsesaɾ ˈtʃaβez ɣonˈsales]; born July 12, 1962), also known as Julio César Chávez Sr., is a Mexican ...more

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#75 of 204 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History #23 of 69 The Best Boxers of the 21st Century #27 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Middleweight
Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) also known as Marvelous Marvin Hagler is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1973 to 1987. He reigned as the ...more

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#2,185 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #30 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Centurylisted on Famous Left Handed People

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight
Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. (né Sinclair; born February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He competed from 1996 to 2007, 2009 to 2010, 2011 ...more

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Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight
Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the late 1980s and at ...more

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Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Featherweight
Guglielmo Papaleo (September 19, 1922 – November 23, 2006) was an American professional boxer, better known as Willie Pep who held the World Featherweight championship twice between the years of ...more

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#44 of 204 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History #3 of 37 The Best Boxers of the 1940s

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Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1915 to 1928. He held the world heavyweight title from 1926 to 1928, ...more

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#1,573 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Middleweight
Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional boxer, world middleweight champion, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed "The Bronx ...more

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Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Archie Moore (born Archibald Lee Wright; December 13, 1916 – December 9, 1998) was an American professional boxer and the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time (December ...more

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#1,233 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #29 of 204 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
John Arthur Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant, was an American boxer who, at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the first African American world ...more

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#1,743 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #102 of 204 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History #34 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

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Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Lennox Claudius Lewis , (born 2 September 1965) is a retired professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2003. He is a three-time world heavyweight champion, a two-time lineal champion, and ...more

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Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight
Thomas "Tommy" Hearns (born October 18, 1958) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 2006. Nicknamed the "Motor City Cobra", and more famously ...more

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#40 of 204 The Toughest Professional Fighters in History #33 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #11 of 78 The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight
Oscar De La Hoya (; born February 4, 1973) is a Mexican-American former professional boxer who, in 2002, also became a boxing promoter and, in 2018, a mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter. As a ...more

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#36 of 95 The Best Boxers of the 20th Century #9 of 50 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Middleweight
Edward Henry Greb (June 6, 1894 – October 22, 1926) was an American professional boxer. Nicknamed "The Pittsburgh Windmill", he was the American light heavyweight champion from 1922 to ...more

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