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List Rules Any boxer from any era who competed as a middleweight. No other divisions.

The best middleweight boxers of all time are those greatest men ever to compete at the 160-pound weight class in the history of boxing. These marvelous athletes are the worldwide champions of yesteryear and the stars of today but overall, they are the top boxers to ever head into the ring for a middleweight match as well as some of the greatest boxers of all time.

Though he saw most of his success in the welterweight class, many would argue that Sugar Ray Robinson is both the best middleweight boxer of all time and pound-for-pound among one of the best boxers ever. The five-time middleweight champion had a long and glorious career including an 85-0 amateur record, a 91-fight unbeaten streak and the title as the only boxer to win a divisional world championship five times. In 200 total fights, he had only 19 losses and six draws.

Besides Robinson, there are many other great boxers who made a name for themselves in the history of middleweight boxing. Carlos Monzon, Harry Greb, Marvin Hagler, and Freddie Steele are among the classic middleweight boxers that are considered the best of all time while more recent stars like James Toney, Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Jermain Taylor each deserve some love for their success.

How do you compare the classic middle weight boxers with those famous stars of today who are primed to make legacies of their own? What about those greatest fighters who also fought in other weight classes, perhaps better? However you rank them amongst each other, do so below by voting on, adding to or re-ranking this list of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time. When you're done, head over to rank the best lightweight boxers of all time too!

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762 203
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Sugar Ray Robinson Died at 68 (1921-1989)

2
816 264
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

3
416 217
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Carlos Monzón Died at 53 (1942-1995)

4
325 148
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
DanielRichman added Roy Jones Jr. age 48

5
445 214
Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
MarcusJermaineKennedy added Gennady Golovkin age 35

6
393 213
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
ChrisWard1 added Sugar Ray Leonard age 61

7
376 207
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

8
297 182
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Harry Greb Died at 32 (1894-1926)

9
174 69
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 59

10
293 166
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Jake LaMotta age 96

11
202 91
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

12
193 123
Stanley Ketchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

13
151 90
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Deemax added Carmen Basilio Died at 85 (1927-2012) - 1927  

14
251 161
Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Calzaghe age 45

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124 87
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Mickey Walker Died at 80 (1901-1981)

16
139 91
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Tony Zale Died at 84 (1913-1997)

17
118 80
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Gene Fullmer age 86

18
179 111
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
James Toney age 49

19
108 75
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Marcel Cerdan Died at 33 (1916-1949)

20
150 81
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Ezzard Charles Died at 54 (1921-1975)

21
117 86
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Bob Fitzsimmons Died at 54 (1863-1917)

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108 65
Dick Tiger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Dick Tiger Died at 42 (1929-1971)

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95 51
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

24
88 43
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Emile Griffith Died at 75 (1938-2013)

25
52 24
Nino Benvenuti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Nino Benvenuti age 79

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79 47
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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43 19
Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Mike McCallum age 61

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39 15
Gerald McClellan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
marti-nek added Gerald McClellan age 50

The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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51 32
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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78 62
Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Charley Burley Died at 75 (1917-1992)

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31 24
László Papp is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added László Papp Died at 77 (1926-2003)

32
95 96
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added Manny Pacquiáo age 39

33
62 66
Freddie Steele is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Freddie Steele Died at 72 (1912-1984)

34
44 28
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Tony Hall added Oscar de la Hoya age 44

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45 32
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

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67 66
Joey Giardello is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Joey Giardello Died at 78 (1930-2008)

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28 16
Michael Nunn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Michael Nunn age 54

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23 22
Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Young Corbett III Died at 88 (1905-1993) - Considered the greatest Southpaw of all time by Boxrec.

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19 12
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Philadelphia Jack O'Brien Died at 64 (1878-1942)

40
48 48
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added Juan Manuel Márquez age 44

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22 22
Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Randolph Turpin Died at 38 (1928-1966)

42
31 22
Bennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
slaft added Bennie Briscoe Died at 67 (1943-2010)

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32 31
Steve Collins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Steve Collins age 53

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22 24
Les Darcy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Les Darcy Died at 22 (1895-1917)

45
51 48
Tiger Flowers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Tiger Flowers Died at 32 (1895-1927)

46
17 19
Marcel Thil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Marcel Thil Died at 64 (1904-1968) - Boxrec's greatest French fighter of all time.

47
48 43
Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added Miguel Cotto age 37

48
15 19
Johnny Dundee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Johnny Dundee Died at 72 (1893-1965)

49
17 23
Paul Pender is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Paul Pender Died at 73 (1930-2003)

50
14 18
Jack Dillon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Jack Dillon Died at 51 (1891-1942)