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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
766 112
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
555 63
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
anthony-alan added Heavyweight

3
438 90
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

85 fights: 65 wins (48 KO)

4
537 139
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

5
380 91
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

81 fights: 68 wins (59 KO)

6
281 57
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

7
389 100
Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Featherweight

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

8
341 93
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

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

9
235 65
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight

10
282 85
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

106 fights: 83 wins (30 KO)

11
211 62
Jimmy Wilde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Flyweight

141 fights: 132 wins (99 KO)

12
205 83
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

13
126 39
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Welterweight

14
170 66
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight

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

15
155 56
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

16
182 98
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

17
276 201
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

18
187 138
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

19
108 56
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

77 fights: 64 wins (15 KO)

20
363 300
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

21
270 230
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

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

22
68 33
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

23
148 123
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

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

24
53 27
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight

25
157 131
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight

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