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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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1
12,820 5,306
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Muhammad Ali (January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest", he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more

2
7,544 3,986
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Middleweight
Sugar Ray Robinson was an American professional boxer. Frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time, Robinson's performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted ...more

3
7,084 3,527
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Rocky Marciano was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. Marciano is the only person to hold the heavyweight title without ...more

4
5,099 3,110
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Joseph Louis Barrow, better known as Joe Louis, was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights ...more

5
9,906 5,508
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson is an American retired professional boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win ...more

6
4,481 3,465
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight
Sugar Ray Leonard is an actor.

7
9,778 5,125
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight
Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH is a Filipino world champion professional boxer. At 32 he was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. He has also been involved in ...more

8
3,147 1,969
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey, also known as "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer, who became a cultural icon of the 1920s. ...more

9
4,255 3,133
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Joseph William "Joe" Frazier, also known as Smokin' Joe, was an American professional boxer, Olympic gold medalist and Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion, whose professional career ...more

10
3,953 2,688
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
George Edward Foreman (nicknamed "Big George"[2]) (born January 10, 1949) is a retired American professional boxer, former two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ...more

11
3,370 2,502
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight
Roberto Durán Samaniego is a Panamanian former professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A versatile brawler in the ring, he was nicknamed "Manos ...more

12
3,499 2,233
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight
Roy Jones, Jr. is an American professional boxer, rapper and actor. As a professional, he has captured numerous world titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and ...more

13
2,985 2,504
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Middleweight
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is an American former professional boxer who was Undisputed World Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. Hagler made twelve undisputed title defenses and holds the ...more

14
3,641 2,151
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight
Julio César Chávez González is a retired Mexican professional boxer. He is considered by acclamation as the greatest Mexican fighter of all time. Chávez is a six-time ...more

15
2,892 2,304
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight
Evander Holyfield is a retired American professional boxer. He is a former Undisputed World Champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, earning him the nickname "The Real ...more

16
1,854 1,602
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Featherweight
Guglielmo Papaleo was an American professional boxer, better known as Willie Pep. Pep boxed a total of 1,956 rounds in the 241 bouts during his 26-year career, a considerable number of rounds ...more

17
5,810 6,464
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is an American professional boxer. He is currently undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion, having won ten world titles and the lineal ...more

18
1,710 1,971
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
John Arthur "Jack" Johnson, nicknamed the Galveston Giant was an American boxer, who—at the height of the Jim Crow era—became the first African American world heavyweight boxing ...more

19
1,206 946
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
James Joseph "Gene" Tunney was an American professional boxer and the world heavyweight champion from 1926–28. Having defeated Jack Dempsey twice, first in 1926 and then in 1927, ...more

20
855 283
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
John Lawrence Sullivan, also known as the Boston Strong Boy, was recognized as the first Heavyweight Champion of gloved boxing from February 7, 1882, to 1892, and is generally recognized as the ...more

21
1,520 1,426
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Archie Moore was an American professional boxer and the longest reigning Light Heavyweight World Champion of all time. He had one of the longest professional careers in the history of the sport. ...more

22
2,257 2,041
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Heavyweight
Lennox Claudius Lewis, CM, CBE is a retired boxer and the most recent undisputed world heavyweight champion. He holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. As an amateur he won gold ...more

23
2,290 2,441
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight
Oscar De La Hoya is a retired Mexican American professional boxer. Nicknamed "The Golden Boy," De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating from ...more

24
1,747 1,881
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Cruiserweight, Super middleweight, Welterweight
Thomas Hearns is an American former professional boxer. Nicknamed the "Motor City Cobra" and more famously "The Hitman," Hearns became the first boxer in history to win world ...more

25
1,565 1,267
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
Middleweight
Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta, nicknamed "The Bronx Bull" and "The Raging Bull," is an American retired professional boxer and former World Middleweight Champion. He was ...more