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Who are the best boxers of the 20th century? This list of the best boxers of the 20th century contains some of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport. From legends like Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Louis to late-century stars like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield, this list of the greatest boxers of the 20th century will surely include some of your favorite fighters of all time!

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1
298 78
Rocky Marciano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

49 fights from 1947-1955
49 wins (43 KO)

2
128 18
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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3
170 89
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

75 fights from 1914-1927
54 wins (44 KO)

4
127 61
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Featherweight

241 fights from 1940-1966
229 wins (65 KO)

5
119 56
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

298 fights from 1913-1926
261 wins (48 KO)

6
75 30
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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7
101 45
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

106 fights: 83 wins (30 KO)

8
190 110
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

69 fights from 1934-1951
66 wins (52 KO)

9
86 38
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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81 fights: 68 wins (59 KO)

10
88 40
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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85 fights: 65 wins (48 KO)

11
66 26
Jimmy Wilde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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141 fights: 132 wins (99 KO)

12
264 178
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

61 fights from 1960-1981
56 wins (37 KO)

13
83 40
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight

96 fights from 1912-1932
89 wins (70 KO)

14
80 44
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

15
45 17
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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16
107 71
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

81 fights from 1969-1997
76 wins (68 KO)

17
40 16
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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18
198 147
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

200 fights from 1940-1965
173 wins (108 KO)

19
57 29
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

20
57 30
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

77 fights: 64 wins (15 KO)

21
88 64
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

37 fights from 1965-1981
32 wins (27 KO)

22
125 93
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

116 fights from 1968-2000
100 wins (68 KO)

23
126 101
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight

29 fights from 1995-2000
27 wins (20 KO)

24
152 127
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

48 fights from 1985-2000
46 wins (40 KO) 

25
84 60
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

109 fights from 1980-2000
103 wins (84 KO)

26
73 51
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

181 fights from 1931-1945
151 wins (101 KO)

27
57 37
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

100 fights from 1963-1977
87 wins (59 KO)

28
77 58
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

74 fights: 65 wins (47 KO)

29
114 94
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

40 fights from 1977-1997
36 wins (25 KO)

30
27 11
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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31
48 30
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

32
105 81
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

67 fights from 1973-1987
62 wins (52 KO)

33
76 61
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

41 fights from 1984-2000
35 wins (22 KO)

34
54 40
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

35
61 47
Larry Holmes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

75 fights: 69 wins (44 KO)

36
30 18
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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37
33 19
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

38
30 18
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

39
29 20
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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40
28 17
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

41
59 48
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

54 fights: 50 wins (39 KO)

42
17 10
László Papp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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43
62 56
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

101 fights from 1900-1938
71 wins (38 KO)

44
25 17
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

45
14 8
Packey McFarland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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46
58 55
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

37 fights: 35 wins (26 KO)

47
16 14
Marco Antonio Barrera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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48
12 10
Jess Willard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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49
23 20
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Featherweight, Light welterweight

50
32 30
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century