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The Best Boxers of All Time

Updated November 21, 2019 301.1k votes 45.8k voters 645.7k 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 Ali1
    13,282
    6,600

    Muhammad Ali

    Heavyweight

    Age77

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Rocky Marciano2
    7,922
    4,530

    Rocky Marciano

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 46 (1923-1969)

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

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

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    #774 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#5 of 28 28 Famous Athletes Who Are Catholic

  • Joe Louis3
    5,782
    3,600

    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

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  • Sugar Ray Robinson4
    7,915
    5,151

    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
  • Manny Pacquiáo5
    11,565
    5,995

    Manny Pacquiáo

    Super bantamweight, Flyweight

    Age41

    NationalityPhilippines

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

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    #1830 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#77 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Mike Tyson6
    10,847
    6,484

    Mike Tyson

    Heavyweight

    Age53

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Jack Dempsey7
    3,826
    2,573

    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

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    #3 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#8 of 37 The Best Boxers of the 1940s

  • George Foreman8
    4,244
    3,439

    George Foreman

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • Joe Frazier9
    4,437
    3,759

    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

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  • Gene Tunney10
    1,849
    1,338

    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

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  • Julio César Chávez11
    3,674
    2,758

    Julio César Chávez

    Lightweight, Super featherweight

    Age57

    NationalityMexico

    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#12 of 67 The Best Boxers of the 21st Century

  • Roy Jones Jr.12
    3,820
    2,825

    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

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    #3 of 43 The Best Cruiserweight Boxers of All Time#8 of 26 26 Athletes Who Are Also Musicians

  • Roberto Durán13
    3,560
    3,033

    Roberto Durán

    Welterweight, Lightweight

    Age68

    NationalityPanama

    Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer who...  more
  • Sugar Ray Leonard14
    4,699
    4,056

    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

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  • Harry Greb15
    1,302
    1,048

    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
  • John L. Sullivan16
    1,740
    677

    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
  • Jake LaMotta17
    1,897
    1,645

    Jake LaMotta

    Middleweight

    Age98

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

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

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  • Archie Moore18
    1,816
    1,643
    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

  • Marvelous Marvin Hagler19
    3,099
    2,930

    Age65

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) also known as Marvelous Marvin...  more

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    #12 of 48 The Best Boxers of the 1970s#97 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • Jersey Joe Walcott20
    771
    637

    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
  • Ezzard Charles21
    1,050
    911

    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
  • Max Schmeling22
    917
    831

    Max Schmeling

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 100 (1905-2005)

    NationalityGermany

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

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    #40 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes#83 of 152 The Most Influential Athletes Of All Time

  • Max Baer23
    722
    640

    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

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    #20 of 71 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time#3 of 37 The Greatest Jewish Boxers Of All Time

  • Lennox Lewis24
    2,485
    2,373

    Lennox Lewis

    Heavyweight

    Age54

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,Canada

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

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

  • Gennady Golovkin25
    1,495
    1,268

    Gennady Golovkin

    Middleweight

    Age37

    NationalityKazakhstan

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