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The Best Boxers of the 20th Century

Updated April 18, 2020 29.5k votes 2.9k voters 23.7k views207 items

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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!

Now it's your turn to vote on who you think are the greatest boxers of the 20th century from the list below. See a great boxer from the 20th century missing from the list? Add them so that other boxing fans and Rankers can vote on your addition!
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  • 1
    Rocky Marciano
    1,725
    283

    Rocky Marciano

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 46 (1923-1969)

    BirthplaceBrockton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

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

  • 2
    Jack Dempsey
    1,239
    288

    Jack Dempsey

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 88 (1895-1983)

    BirthplaceManassa, Colorado, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 3
    Gene Tunney
    1,091
    246

    Gene Tunney

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 81 (1897-1978)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    85 fights: 65 wins (48 KO)

  • 4
    Max Baer
    837
    262

    Max Baer

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 50 (1909-1959)

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    81 fights: 68 wins (59 KO)

  • 5
    Joe Louis
    558
    306

    Joe Louis

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 67 (1914-1981)

    BirthplaceLa Fayette, Alabama, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 6
    Manny Pacquiáo
    606
    240

    Manny Pacquiáo

    Super bantamweight, Flyweight

    Age41

    BirthplaceKibawe, Philippines

    NationalityPhilippines

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

  • 7
    Joe Frazier
    370
    191

    Joe Frazier

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 67 (1944-2011)

    BirthplaceBeaufort, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 8
    Archie Moore

    219 fights: 186 wins (132 KO)

  • 9
    Sugar Ray Robinson
    483
    321

    Sugar Ray Robinson

    Welterweight, Middleweight

    AgeDec. at 68 (1921-1989)

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 10
    George Foreman
    368
    225

    George Foreman

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceMarshall, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 11
    Muhammad Ali
    674
    476

    Muhammad Ali

    Heavyweight

    Age77

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 12
    Sugar Ray Leonard
    279
    183

    Sugar Ray Leonard

    Super middleweight, Welterweight

    Age63

    BirthplaceRocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 13
    Roy Jones Jr.
    204
    136

    Roy Jones Jr.

    Super middleweight, Middleweight

    Age50

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    74 fights: 65 wins (47 KO)

  • 14
    Mike Tyson
    334
    268

    Mike Tyson

    Heavyweight

    Age53

    BirthplaceBedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 15
    Evander Holyfield
    189
    173

    Evander Holyfield

    Cruiserweight, Light heavyweight

    Age57

    BirthplaceAtmore, Alabama, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 16
    Jack Johnson
    140
    118

    Jack Johnson

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 68 (1878-1946)

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 17
    Lennox Lewis
    132
    119

    Lennox Lewis

    Heavyweight

    Age54

    BirthplaceWest Ham

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Canada

    37 fights: 35 wins (26 KO)

  • 18
    Larry Holmes
    138
    138

    Larry Holmes

    Heavyweight

    Age70

    BirthplaceCuthbert, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    75 fights: 69 wins (44 KO)

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  • 19
    Oscar de la Hoya
    121
    127

    Oscar de la Hoya

    Welterweight, Lightweight

    Age46

    BirthplaceEast Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 20
    Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    175
    203

    Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Welterweight, Featherweight

    Age42

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 21
    John L. Sullivan
    1,146
    188

    John L. Sullivan

    Heavyweight

    AgeDec. at 60 (1858-1918)

    BirthplaceRoxbury, Boston, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 22
    Harry Greb
    768
    192

    Harry Greb

    Middleweight

    AgeDec. at 32 (1894-1926)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • 23
    Jake LaMotta
    639
    169

    Jake LaMotta

    Middleweight

    Age98

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,Italy

    106 fights: 83 wins (30 KO)

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  • 24
    Ingemar Johansson
    658
    193

    AgeDec. at 77 (1932-2009)

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

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    #38 of 100 The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time#14 of 52 The Best Boxers of the 1960s

  • 25
    Willie Pep
    831
    267

    Willie Pep

    Featherweight

    AgeDec. at 84 (1922-2006)

    BirthplaceMiddletown, Connecticut

    NationalityUnited States of America

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