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The Best Boxers of All Time

Updated November 21, 2019 313.9k votes 45.2k voters 640.4k 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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  • 1
    Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    13,837
    6,909

    Muhammad Ali

    Heavyweight

    Age77

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Muhammad Ali (; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    8,310
    4,669

    Rocky Marciano

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 46 (1923-1969)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rocco Francis Marchegiano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), best known as Rocky Marciano... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    6,013
    3,732

    Joe Louis

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 67 (1914-1981)

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 4
    Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    11,811
    6,265

    Manny Pacquiáo

    Super bantamweight, Flyweight

    Age41

    NationalityPhilippines

    Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH ( PAK-ee-ow; Tagalog: [pɐkˈjaʊ]; born December 17, 1978) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    11,278
    6,832

    Mike Tyson

    Heavyweight

    Age53

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 6
    Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    8,215
    5,456

    Sugar Ray Robinson

    Welterweight, Middleweight

    AgeDec. at 68 (1921-1989)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr.; May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    4,036
    2,655

    Jack Dempsey

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 88 (1895-1983)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    4,439
    3,611

    George Foreman

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    NationalityUnited States of America

    George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is an American former professional boxer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    1,959
    1,359

    Gene Tunney

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 81 (1897-1978)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    3,811
    2,886

    Julio César Chávez

    Lightweight, Super featherweight

    Age57

    NationalityMexico

    Julio César Chávez González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxuljo ˈsesaɾ ˈtʃaβez ɣonˈsales]; born... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    3,987
    2,965

    Roy Jones Jr.

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age50

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Roy Levesta Jones Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American former professional boxer, boxing... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    4,638
    3,957

    Joe Frazier

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 67 (1944-2011)

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 13
    Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    1,375
    1,089

    Harry Greb

    Middleweight

    AgeDec. at 32 (1894-1926)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edward Henry Greb (June 6, 1894 – October 22, 1926) was an American professional boxer.... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    3,696
    3,235

    Roberto Durán

    Welterweight, Lightweight

    Age68

    NationalityPanama

    Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    1,870
    654

    John L. Sullivan

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 60 (1858-1918)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Lawrence Sullivan (October 15, 1858 – February 2, 1918), also known as the "Boston Strong... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    4,881
    4,316

    Sugar Ray Leonard

    Super middleweight, Welterweight

    Age63

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956), best known as "Sugar" Ray Leonard, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    2,020
    1,714

    Jake LaMotta

    Middleweight

    Age98

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

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

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  • 18
    Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    820
    658

    AgeDec. at 80 (1914-1994)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Arnold Raymond Cream (January 31, 1914 – February 25, 1994), best known as Jersey Joe Walcott,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    1,920
    1,748
    Archie Moore (born Archibald Lee Wright; December 13, 1916 – December 9, 1998) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    994
    850

    Max Schmeling

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 100 (1905-2005)

    NationalityGermany

    Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried Schmeling (German: [ˈʃmeːlɪŋ]; 28 September 1905 – 2... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    3,215
    3,145

    Age65

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) also known as Marvelous Marvin... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    775
    660

    Max Baer

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 50 (1909-1959)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Maximilian Adelbert Baer (February 11, 1909 – November 21, 1959) was an American boxer who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    1,116
    964

    Ezzard Charles

    Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 54 (1921-1975)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ezzard Mack Charles, known as the Cincinnati Cobra (July 7, 1921 – May 28, 1975) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    2,580
    2,529

    Lennox Lewis

    Heavyweight

    Age54

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Canada

    Lennox Claudius Lewis , (born 2 September 1965) is a retired professional boxer who competed... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of All Time
    3,233
    3,275

    Evander Holyfield

    Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight

    Age57

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is an American former professional boxer who... more on Wikipedia

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