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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
691 108
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
485 59
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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3
371 86
Gene Tunney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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85 fights: 65 wins (48 KO)

4
470 136
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
332 88
Max Baer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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81 fights: 68 wins (59 KO)

6
237 54
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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7
345 97
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
300 91
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
204 63
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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10
252 83
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
182 59
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
184 76
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

13
110 35
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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14
156 61
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
137 53
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

16
167 96
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
267 193
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
350 286
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

19
96 51
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

77 fights: 64 wins (15 KO)

20
174 133
George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

21
265 222
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
144 118
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

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

23
102 75
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Middleweight, Light heavyweight

74 fights: 65 wins (47 KO)

24
152 124
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight

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

25
98 66
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

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

26
105 73
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight, Super featherweight, Light welterweight

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

27
149 114
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

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

28
59 31
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

29
45 26
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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30
177 172
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

31
45 25
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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32
104 98
Evander Holyfield is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight

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

33
124 106
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

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

34
70 58
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Lightweight, Light middleweight

35
84 73
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
69 51
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

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

37
77 72
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

38
72 70
Lennox Lewis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

37 fights: 35 wins (26 KO)

39
41 27
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

40
28 18
Marco Antonio Barrera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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41
35 22
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Featherweight, Light welterweight

42
39 32
Floyd Patterson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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43
54 44
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

44
69 61
Sonny Liston is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

54 fights: 50 wins (39 KO)

45
78 83
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight

46
38 33
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

47
28 23
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Middleweight

48
21 20
Ken Norton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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49
16 15
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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50
19 19
László Papp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
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