Boxing The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time  

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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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1,032 348
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

2
941 272
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

3
545 296
Carlos Monzón is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 53 (1942-1995)

4
460 238
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
DanielRichman added age 49

5
381 223
Harry Greb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 32 (1894-1926)

6
615 325
Gennady Golovkin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
MarcusJermaineKennedy added age 36

7
381 209
Jake LaMotta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 97

8
510 280
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
ChrisWard1 added age 62

9
275 125
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 60

10
293 142
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

11
478 271
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

12
237 146
Stanley Ketchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

13
162 97
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1901-1981)

14
176 98
Tony Zale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 84 (1913-1997)

15
321 190
Joe Calzaghe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 46

16
180 108
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Deemax added Died at 85 (1927-2012) - 1927
 

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148 91
Gene Fullmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 87

18
133 83
Marcel Cerdan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 33 (1916-1949)

19
144 98
Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1863-1917)

20
147 78
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

21
134 79
Dick Tiger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 42 (1929-1971)

22
212 137
James Toney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
age 50

23
174 96
Ezzard Charles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

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110 50
Sam Langford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

25
74 36
Nino Benvenuti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 80

26
109 55
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Died at 75 (1938-2013)

27
63 30
Gerald McClellan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
marti-nek added age 51

28
138 131
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 40

29
80 54
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

30
86 58
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Tony Hall added age 45

31
76 74
Freddie Steele is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 72 (1912-1984)

32
58 35
Mike McCallum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 62

33
71 49
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

34
36 27
Randolph Turpin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 38 (1928-1966)

35
90 74
Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 75 (1917-1992)

36
38 34
László Papp is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 77 (1926-2003)

37
79 75
Joey Giardello is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1930-2008)

38
70 66
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 45

39
63 52
Tiger Flowers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 32 (1895-1927)

40
68 54
Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 38

41
66 60
Saúl Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 28

42
26 18
Philadelphia Jack O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 64 (1878-1942)

43
28 28
Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 88 (1905-1993) - Considered the greatest Southpaw of all time by Boxrec.

44
41 37
Steve Collins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 54

45
38 27
Michael Nunn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 55

46
23 22
Johnny Dundee is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 72 (1893-1965)

47
53 43
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Rocky Holmes added age 47

48
70 53
Julian Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time

49
29 32
Les Darcy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 22 (1895-1917)

50
37 29
Bennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Middleweight Boxers of All Time
slaft added Died at 67 (1943-2010)