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Pound-for-Pound: The Fifty Greatest Boxers Of All-Time

By James Slater: A while back (in 2008) I contributed an article to ESB in which I gave my honest opinion on the 50 finest boxers in the sport’s history. No easy task to compile, my list was met with some approval, some utter disgust and some opinion somewhere in the middle.

Here I give here my revised list of the fifty finest pugilists of all-time; where a few changes have been made. Once again, disagreement, even angst, will no doubt be felt by a few readers - perhaps even more than a few. But, as I wrote last time, you must understand that this list was written with absolutely no axe to grind, and that if serious disagreement is felt then perhaps the writing of another list should be undertaken by the person (or persons) who so feel so strongly against mine.

My fifty choices now follow. And remember, it’s only MY opinion.



1. Sugar Ray Robinson

2. Henry Armstrong

3. Muhammad Ali

4. Roberto Duran

5. Ezzard Charles

6. Benny Leonard

7. Archie Moore

8. Willie Pep

9. Harry Greb

10. Joe Louis

11. Joe Gans

12. Sam Langford

13. Jimmy Wilde

14. Gene Tunney

15. Charley Burley

16. Manny Pacquiao

17. Jack Johnson

18. Edre Jofre

19. Sugar Ray Leonard

20. Barney Ross/Kid Gavilan (Tie)

21. Marvellous Marvin Hagler

22. Jack Dempsey

23. Pernell Whitaker/Roy Jones Junior (Tie)

24. Stanley Ketchell

25. Julio Cesar Chavez

26. Tony Canzoneri

27. Rocky Marciano

28. Carlos Monzon

29. Sandy Saddler

30. Michael Spinks

31. Jimmy McLarnin

32. Thomas Hearns

33. Bob Foster

34. George Foreman

35. Mickey Walker

36. Terry McGovern

37. Larry Holmes

38. Mickey Walker

39. Floyd Mayweather Junior

40. Joe Frazier

41. Ricardo Lopez

42. Jake LaMotta

43. Salvador Sanchez

44. Alexis Arguello

45. Marcel Cerdan

46. Emile Griffith

47. Ted Kid Lewis

48. Oscar De La Hoya

49. Lennox Lewis

50. Joe Calzaghe/Aaron Pryor (Tie)

Article posted on 25.01.2012



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