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The Best Boxers of the 20th Century  

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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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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
John L. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
anthony-alan added Heavyweight
3
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
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
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
Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight
7
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
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
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
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
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
Archie Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

13
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Light heavyweight, Heavyweight
14
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Welterweight
15
Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

16
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Lightweight

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

17
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super bantamweight, Flyweight, Welterweight

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

18
Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

19
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight

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

20
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
Jersey Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Heavyweight
22
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Welterweight, Middleweight

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

23
Max Schmeling is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
darren-bell added Heavyweight
24
Billy Conn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

77 fights: 64 wins (15 KO)

25
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boxers of the 20th Century
Super middleweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight

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