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The Best Boxers of All Time

Updated November 21, 2019 295.8k votes 46.0k voters 647.4k views178 items

List RulesAny 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

    Heavyweight
    Muhammad Ali (; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an...  more

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    Rocky Marciano

    Heavyweight
    Rocco Francis Marchegiano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), best known as Rocky Marciano...  more

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    #1123 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#5 of 28 28 Famous Athletes Who Are Catholic

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    Joe Louis

    Heavyweight
    Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), best known as Joe Louis was an American...  more

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    #424 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#64 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans

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    Sugar Ray Robinson

    Welterweight, Middleweight
    Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr.; May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989) was an American...  more
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    Manny Pacquiáo

    Super bantamweight, Flyweight
    Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH ( PAK-ee-ow; Tagalog: [pɐkˈjaʊ]; born December 17, 1978) is a...  more

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    #1838 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#79 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

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    Mike Tyson

    Heavyweight
    Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who...  more

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    #1225 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#884 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

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    Jack Dempsey

    Heavyweight
    William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and...  more

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    #3 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#7 of 37 The Best Boxers of the 1940s

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    George Foreman

    Heavyweight
    George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is an American former professional boxer who...  more

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    Joe Frazier

    Heavyweight
    Joseph William Frazier (January 12, 1944 – November 7, 2011), nicknamed "Smokin' Joe", was an...  more

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    #1089 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#561 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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    Gene Tunney

    Heavyweight
    James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional...  more
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    Julio César Chávez

    Lightweight, Super featherweight
    Julio César Chávez González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxuljo ˈsesaɾ ˈtʃaβez ɣonˈsales]; born...  more

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    #4 of 49 The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time#2 of 32 The Best Hispanic Boxers of All Time

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    Roy Jones Jr.

    Super middleweight, Middleweight
    Roy Levesta Jones Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American former professional boxer, boxing...  more

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    #4 of 43 The Best Cruiserweight Boxers of All Time#8 of 27 26 Athletes Who Are Rappers

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    Roberto Durán

    Welterweight, Lightweight
    Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer who...  more
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    Sugar Ray Leonard

    Super middleweight, Welterweight
    Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956), best known as "Sugar" Ray Leonard, is an American...  more

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    #3 of 30 The Best Boxers of the 1980s#32 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

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    Harry Greb

    Middleweight
    Edward Henry Greb (June 6, 1894 – October 22, 1926) was an American professional boxer....  more
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    John L. Sullivan

    Heavyweight
    John Lawrence Sullivan (October 15, 1858 – February 2, 1918), also known as the "Boston Strong...  more
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    Jake LaMotta

    Middleweight
    Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional...  more

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    Archie Moore (born Archibald Lee Wright; December 13, 1916 – December 9, 1998) was an American...  more

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    #5 of 52 The Best Boxers of the 1960s#16 of 25 Famous People You Didn't Know Were Seventh-Day Adventists

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    Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954 – March 13, 2021) was an...  more

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    #16 of 81 The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time#12 of 48 The Best Boxers of the 1970s

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    Lennox Lewis

    Heavyweight
    Lennox Claudius Lewis , (born 2 September 1965) is a retired professional boxer who competed...  more

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    #332 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time#2 of 65 The Best Boxers of the 1990s

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    Arnold Raymond Cream (January 31, 1914 – February 25, 1994), best known as Jersey Joe Walcott,...  more
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    Ezzard Charles

    Light heavyweight, Heavyweight
    Ezzard Mack Charles, known as the Cincinnati Cobra (July 7, 1921 – May 28, 1975) was an...  more
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    Max Baer

    Heavyweight
    Maximilian Adelbert Baer (February 11, 1909 – November 21, 1959) was an American boxer who was...  more

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    #19 of 70 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time#3 of 36 The Greatest Jewish Boxers Of All Time

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    Max Schmeling

    Heavyweight
    Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried Schmeling (German: [ˈʃmeːlɪŋ]; 28 September 1905 – 2...  more

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    #40 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes#84 of 152 The Most Influential Athletes Of All Time

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    Gennady Golovkin

    Middleweight
    Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin (Cyrillic: Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин; born 8 April 1982),...  more