The best pound-for-pound boxers of all time (2023)

Without many regulations and its dynamics changing from era to era, boxing is arguably the most difficult sport in which to measure greatness. But here goes. Here are the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the 100-plus-year history of the sweet science.

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25.Sandy Saddler

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Best known for his four-fight series with defensive magicianWillie Pep, Saddler (144-16-2) was the only fighter to get the better of the master featherweight when he was near his best. He knocked Pep out three times, the first to annex the longtime 126-pound kingpin's belt in 1948, and the third time began his run atop the division that lasted for most of the 1950s. A rangy puncher, who also won a junior lightweight strap, Saddler held his featherweight crown until retiring in 1957.

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24.Rocky Marciano

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Marciano did not have a particularly long run in the upper reaches of his sport, first appearing in Ring Magazine's top 10 heavyweight rankings in 1951 and retiring after his 49th win in 1955. However, "The Brockton Blockbuster" finished his career unbeaten and defeated greatsEzzard Charles,Jersey Joe Walcottand Archie Moore during his title reign. Those fighters were on the downhill side by that point in their careers, but Marciano — a tough competitor and dangerous puncher — showcased his credentials inthree straight Fight of the Year battles.

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23.George Foreman

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One of the most intimidating presences in sports history, Foreman ran roughshod through the heavyweight division, becoming champion less than four years into his career. He bulldozedJoe Frazierand Ken Norton, creating an invincible aura going into Zaire. Muhammad Ali's rope-a-dope legend may be a bit exaggerated, as he was winning pre-knockout, but that night ruined Foreman's prime. However, Big George's 1990s rebirth — giving Evander Holyfield some trouble and flooring Michael Moorer to become the oldest heavyweight champ at age 45 — coupled with his early '70s dominance undoubtedly qualify him as one of the greats.

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22.Julio Cesar Chavez

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The revered Mexican with a penchant for unrelenting body attacks resided atop pound-for-pound lists for years following Mike Tyson's Tokyo trip. Chavez (108-6-2) began his career 88-0. This included wins overEdwin Rosario, Hector Camacho and Meldrick Taylor. The controversial Taylor ending, with Richard Steele stopping the fight with two seconds remaining as Taylor led on two scorecards, marred a classic. Chavez's win streak ended with a gift draw againstPernell Whitakerin 1993, but he ruled the junior lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight divisions for years prior to it.

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21.Jack Dempsey

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One of the most popular athletes during the early 20th century, Dempsey began a voyage to superstardom with a brutal knockout of 240-pound heavyweight championJess Willardin 1919. In flooring Willard seven times in Round 1, Dempsey shattered the champ's jaw. Although Dempsey (55-6-8) did not relinquish his belt until 1926, he took three years off after his two-round slugfest with Luis Firpo. Gene Tunney outboxed the more aggressive Dempsey to end his run and then won theinfamous "Long Count" rematch, with an Illinois rule allowing Tunney extra time to recover from a knockdown. But Dempsey remains an all-time great.

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20.Gene Tunney

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Tunney's career was not as celebrated as Dempsey's, but he punctuated it with two wins over his top peer. Tunney (61-1-1) resides as one of boxing's top light heavyweights and heavyweights. He engaged in a five-fight series with middleweight maulerHarry Gripand took the 175-pound American belt from Battling Levinsky before moving up to boxing's glamour division. A methodical boxer, Tunney subdued Dempsey to take his title via unanimous decision and retired not long after the controversial rematch — also a Tunney UD. Both Dempsey fights drew more than 100,000 fans.

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19.Barney Ross

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Placed in an era featuring high-class opposition, Ross more than held his own. A Ray Arcel pupil 40 years beforeRoberto Durán, Ross (72-4-3) was the third fighter to win titles in three weight classes — lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight — and defeated top-tier peers Tony Canzoneri and Jimmy McLarnin. Taking the first two titles from Canzoneri in 1933 and stepping up to dethrone McLarnin at 147 a year later, Ross went 4-1 against these legends. He stood as the welterweight champion for four years, retiring after a loss to the great Henry Armstrong.

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18.Joe Gans

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A boxing trailblazer, Gans (120-8-9) was the first black American to win a world title. He captured the lightweight championship in 1902 and held it for an unspecified time (particulars for 1900s boxing are often elusive) over the next six years. The tactician's defining fight, though, was for the 135-pound strap. Gans defeated fellow Hall of FamerBattling Nelsonin a 42-round slugfest. Although he lost twice to the younger Nelson following that grueling encounter, the boxing forefather is regarded as a legendary lightweight. He also won a welterweight belt eight months prior to the Nelson war.

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17.Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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One of the most skilled craftsmen in modern boxing history, Mayweather (50-0) would rank higher were he not fixated on that unbeaten record.Floyd's 2001 destructionof top 130-pound foeDiego Corralespreceded two wins over a prime Jose Luis Castillo (though, he probablylost the first Castillo fight). But Mayweather opted for mismatches in his late 20s; his "money" years almost exclusively involved meetings with rivals at ideal times. The five-division champ may have been good enough to beat his peers at their best, but boxing's financial kingpin repeatedly refusing to test himself docks him historically.

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16. Pernell Whitaker

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Nearlyuntouchable at his best, "Sweet Pea" is arguably the greatest defensive fighter ever. The southpaw reigned at lightweight and welterweight, surging to the top of the pound-for-pound lists after a disputed draw against Julio Cesar Chavez, who had avoided him. Whitaker (40-4-1) held belts in four divisions but was robbed on multiple occasions; even his 1997 Oscar De La Hoya loss was debatable. Three of Whitaker's four defeats came in his final four fights, after drug use and age diminished him. Perhaps a bit forgotten after nearly 20 years away, the Olympic gold medalist was boxing's best for several years.

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15.Archie Moore

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Beginning his career at middleweight, reigning at light heavyweight and becoming a top-caliber heavyweight, the "Old Mongoose" authored one of boxing's most unique careers. Ranked as a top 10 fighter in his division from 1940-61, Moore (184-24-10) is boxing's all-time knockout king (130). He did not receive a title shot until he was 39. After beatingJoey Maxim, Moore topped the 175-pound class for nine years. His heavyweight moonlighting gig included fights against Rocky Marciano (whom he knocked down), Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali. Moore held a belt at 48; it took until Bernard Hopkins for that record to fall.

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14. Ezzard Charles

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Although Moore lasted longer, Charles — five years Moore's junior — beat him in each of their three 1940s fights at light heavyweight. Charles beat four 175-pound champions but never fought for that belt. While he was one of the greatest light heavies ever, Charles (89-25-1) did well as a small heavyweight. Via one of his two wins over JerseyJoe Walcottin their quadrilogy, Charles won the heavyweight title and in 1950 beat an older Joe Louis. Charles held the belt for three years. His final acts on the sport's top tier were two losses to Rocky Marciano in 1954, one doubling as the fight of the year.

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13.Manny Pacquiao

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At 40, Pacquiao remains an upper-echelon welterweight. He won the linealflyweighttitle in 1998. Only one man has ever won titles in more than six weight divisions; Pacquiao (61-7-2) is an eight-division champion. He faced Hall of Fame lower-weight contemporaries —Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales — and beat them a combined six times. Though Floyd Mayweather Jr. waited out his higher-mileage rival and beat him, the Filipino's career includes more milestones and more wins over stars in their prime. Pacquiao's all-action apex, longevity and unparalleled climb have left a historic mark on the sport.

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12.Sam Langford

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This list's only non-champion, Langford suffered because of racial discrimination in the early 20th century. He never received a chance to fight for a title, but his career includes astonishing versatility. A 5-foot-7 Canadian, Langford (167-38-37) fought heavyweight icon Jack Johnson and lightweight kingpin Joe Gans (a win); he beat future middleweight champ Tiger Flowers at age 39 and drew future welterweight champ Joe Walcott. The much larger Johnson defeated Langford via decision in 1906 but refused a rematch once he became champion. This is one of American sports' ultimate what-if athletes.

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11. Jack Johnson

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The first black man to win the heavyweight title, Johnson became one of this country's most important athletes. Denied a chance at the belt for years, Johnson (77-13-14) easily dispatched championTommy Burns. He then beat former champs Bob Fitzsimmons and Jim Jeffries, the latter having refused a Johnson fight when champion in the 1900s. Johnson handed Jeffries his only professional loss, but the brash belt-holder then spent years out of the U.S. in exile. The 6-foot champ, at 37, lost his belt seven years after winning it, with 6-foot-6 Jess Willard knocking him out in the 26th round of their 1915 bout.

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10. MarvelousMarvin Hagler

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In a decade featuring tough-guy action heroes, Hagler was the boxing equivalent. Avoided for years, the working-class fighter saw a bogus draw deny him the middleweight crown. Shortly after his 1979 draw againstVito Antuofermo, Hagler (62-3-2) began a seven-year title reign. The bruising southpaw had better luck finding 1980s opponents, laying waste to natural middleweights and beating legends Roberto Duran and Thomas Hearns (a defining boxing sequence). While Hagler's hard-luck ways returned whenSugar RayLeonard received a long-debated decision, leading to Hagler's retirement, his run stacks up well historically.

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9.Sugar Ray Leonard

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Sublimely skilled, Leonard parlayed his Olympic gold medal into becoming the post-Muhammad Ali face of boxing. Leonard's welterweight wins overWilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran (after a close loss) and Thomas Hearns gave him career-defining moments before he turned 26. But Leonard's prime ended early. Had the eye injury not intervened, we are likely talking about a top five all-time fighter. Leonard (36-3-1) may not have deserved the decision over Marvin Hagler, but even being competitive against a heavily favored middleweight after essentially a five-year layoff showed the vast tool box the charismatic star possessed.

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8.Benny Leonard

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In an era when fighters were far more active than they are today, Leonard's numbers stand out. The longest-reigning lightweight champion (from 1917-25), Leonard ended his career 85-5-1 with 69 knockouts. Three losses came before his 21st birthday, a fourth occurred at the hands of Hall of FamerJimmy McLarenafter Leonard emerged from retirement and the fifth came because of a disqualification in a welterweight title fight he was likely winning. In between, the slick 5-foot-5 boxer-puncher was peerless.

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7. Joe Louis

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The longest reigning heavyweight champion, Louis ruled boxing when it stood atop the American sports hierarchy. The vicious puncher won the belt in 1937 and defended it a record 25 times, beating the likes ofBilly Connand Jersey Joe Walcott. He also knocked out the five previous heavyweight champs, including Max Baer and Max Schmeling. After Schmeling beat Louis in 1936, "The Brown Bomber" floored the German two years later in what was probably the most anticipated fight in boxing history. Late-career losses to Ezzard Charles and Rocky Marciano do not detract from one of the sport's defining legacies.

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6. Roberto Durán

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One of the most ferocious competitors in boxing history, Duran ruled the 1970s lightweight scene. While "El Cholo" finished 103-16 over a 33-year career, he was 54-1 in the '70s. A warlord at 135, Duran's signature work came at welterweight. He made Sugar Ray Leonard brawl with him in their first fight, taking Leonard's belt in an underrated classic — underrated because of the "No Mas" rematch going rather poorly for a suboptimal Duran. His 1980 triumph was one of the greatest wins in boxing history, however, setting the tone for a second act that featured junior middleweight and middleweight titles.

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5. Willie Pep

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Pernell Whitaker's top competition for boxing's defense GOAT, Pep deployed a silky smooth style that bedeviled featherweights for years. En route to a 230-11-1 mark, Pep won his first 63 fights. Already residing as the world's top-ranked featherweight, Pep took the 126-pound belt from Hall of FamerChalky Wrightin 1944 and kept it for four years. Unfortunately, injuries from a 1947 plane crash sapped some of Pep's wizardry, leaving him vulnerable. Sandy Saddler took Pep's belt in 1948, but Pep managed to recapture it in 1949's Fight of the Year and further his claim as one of the sport's giants.

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4. Harry Greb

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Regarded by many ring experts as the best middleweight ever, Greb cleaned out multiple divisions in the 1910s and '20s. He is the only man to have beaten eventual heavyweight champion Gene Tunney; this happened once, and, per most press in attendance, their first rematch should have gone Greb's way. A 160-pound champ with a rugged, oft-labeled dirty, style, Greb regularly fought and beat light heavyweights and defeated heavyweights who'd beaten Jack Dempsey. Greb (105-8-3) dispatched fellow all-time greatMickey Walkerat middleweight, rounding out one of the sport's most diverse resumes.

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3.Henry Armstrong

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Perhaps joined by Babe Ruth's 1927 or Usain Bolt's 2008-09, Armstrong's nine-month run from from November 1937 to August 1938 is in the discussion for greatest sports year ever. "Homicide Hank" went 27-0 (with 26 knockouts) in 1937 and won the featherweight title. The next year the relentless attacker captured Barney Ross' welterweight beltandwon the lightweight strap. Boxing had eight weight divisions in 1938; Armstrong (151-21-9) held three titles at once. Many felt he should've won the middleweight belt in a 1940 draw. He nonetheless beat 16 champions and made a record 19 welterweight title defenses. A virtuoso talent.

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2. Muhammad Ali

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Had the Vietnam War not occurred, Ali probably submits a historic, uninterrupted run of brilliance. No heavyweight could do what 1960s Ali did, his movement picking all comers apart. But Ali cemented his legend after his hiatus. Dropped into the most loaded era in heavyweight history, Ali (56-5) prevailed over his rivals and beat everyone there was to beat in the '70s. Ali 2.0 never regained all of Ali 1.0's skills, but his brilliance derailed George Foreman and his will broke Joe Frazier in Manila in probably the greatest fight in boxing history. A three-time champion, Ali will be a towering sports figure throughout time.

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1.Sugar Ray Robinson

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But the term "pound-for-pound" entered the mainstream vernacular largely because of Robinson, who threw his unparalleled speed-power arsenal at the welterweight and middleweight divisions in the 1940s and '50s. He beat astacked slate of competition, winning the 160-pound title five times. Prior to first taking the middleweight belt viathe St. Valentine's Day Massacre, he was a demon at 147. Robinson, who lost once in his first 123 fights, also nearly took Joey Maxim's light heavyweight belt, but scorching heat forced him to quit on his stool. Less of a superpower after a two-and-a-half-year retirement, Robinson (175-19-6) still became the Associated Press' fighter of the 20th century.

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Who's the best pound for pound boxer of all time? ›

1. Sugar Ray Robinson. But the term "pound-for-pound" entered the mainstream vernacular largely because of Robinson, who threw his unparalleled speed-power arsenal at the welterweight and middleweight divisions in the 1940s and '50s. He beat a stacked slate of competition, winning the 160-pound title five times.

Was Mike Tyson pound for pound? ›

The first #1 pound for pound fighter was heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Who would win Muhammad Ali vs Tyson? ›

Muhammad Ali fought in 541 rounds while Tyson only fought in 211 rounds. That's an astounding 330 round difference or the equivalent of 27.5 more 12 round fights for Muhammad Ali. That experience simply can't be discounted. Muhammad Ali was a boxer who fought to embarrass and outclass his opponents.

Who is the best boxer to ever fight? ›

Muhammad Ali tops this list of the top 10 boxers. After a successful amateur career with multiple trophies, national titles and an Olympic Gold Medal, Ali transitioned smoothly to the professional setting in 1960. After a 19-fight unbeaten streak, he earned his title shot and beat Sonny Liston in February 1964.

Who was the greatest boxer in history? ›

1. Muhammad Ali. The Greatest was not only one of the best heavyweights of all time, he was also one of the most colorful. He won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics and went on to become the first boxer to win the heavyweight title three times.

Who did Ali think was the hardest puncher? ›

Ali later said Shavers was the hardest puncher he ever faced, comparing him favorably to Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Ali also stated that "Earnie hit me so hard, it shook my kinfolk back in Africa" - a quip Ali had previously used to describe other hard-hitting opponents.

Who did George Foreman say was the hardest puncher? ›

George Foreman ranks Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Joe Louis among hardest punchers in boxing history but doesn't include Deontay Wilder.

Was Mayweather pound for pound? ›

As of May 2023, BoxRec ranks him the second greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound. Many sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports, ranked Mayweather as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world twice in a span of ten years.

Has Mayweather ever lost? ›

Given that he never lost in his professional career, many people believe that he is actually unbeaten throughout his career. However, this is not the case, as throughout his boxing career, he has suffered a few defeats. Let's take a look at Mayweather's loss he suffered in his legendary career.

Who was the heaviest boxer Mike Tyson fought? ›

However, 'Iron Mike' told FightCamp that his power was no match for that of two-time heavyweight champion of the world George Foreman. “George Foreman – the heaviest puncher. I couldn't match somebody's power who's that big, with that much mass.

Can Bruce Lee defeat Mike Tyson? ›

Mike Tyson would win in a match against Bruce Lee. With not only his size behind him, Mike Tyson also has power and speed combined with experience in the ring that would advantage him greatly in a pure hypothetical fight against Bruce Lee.

What is Mike Tyson's IQ? ›

According to the book A Question of Intelligence: The IQ Debate in America by Daniel Seligman, Ali scored an IQ equivalent of 78 on his armed services exam. This puts him in the range of Tyson as the two seemed to have shared a similar IQ.

Who wins in a fight Bruce Lee or Mike Tyson? ›

Bruce Lee would lose to any UFC fighter of any weight class. Tyson would smash him. You are severely underestimating the speed of Tyson. Lee doesn't posses enough power to be able to knock out Tyson and a single punch from Tyson would put Lee to sleep for good.

Is there any boxer who never lost a fight? ›

Edwin Valero – 27-0 (27 TKO/KOs)

Valero had an eight-year run in boxing and collected 27 wins without a loss. All of his victories were by way of stoppage. He also competed in two weight classes, the super featherweight and lightweight division.

Who is the best male boxer? ›

Ranking the World's Top 10 Boxers
  1. 1 – Muhammad Ali (56-5) Muhammad Ali tops this list of the top 10 boxers.
  2. 2 – Joe Louis (66-3) ...
  3. 3 – Sugar Ray Robinson (174-19-6) ...
  4. 4 – Rocky Marciano (49-0) ...
  5. 5 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. ...
  6. 6 – Manny Pacquiao (62-8-2) ...
  7. 7 – Jack Dempsey (53-6-8) ...
  8. 8 – Roberto Duran (103-16) ...
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Who is called the king of boxing? ›

Muhammad Ali, the official 'King of Boxing': Legendary pugilist to be crowned by World Boxing Council.

Who was the best boxer in America? ›

1. Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali had some close calls in his career, such as when he very nearly got knocked out by Henry Cooper in 1963, shortly before he captured the world title for the first time by defeating Sonny Liston. He lost bouts late in his career to lesser fighters such as Leon Spinks and Trevor Berbick.

Who has the most knockout in heavyweight boxing history? ›

Primo Carnera sits at the top of the heavyweight division with the most TKO/KOs in history, with 71. The Italian competed for 18 years, beginning from 1928 up until 1946. He appeared in 102 bouts, winning 88 of them and only losing 14.

Who defeated Ali? ›

Trevor Berbick, Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks, Ken Norton, and Joe Frazier are the five boxers who have beaten Ali.

Who was Mike Tyson's hardest fight? ›

PINKLON THOMAS is the heavyweight who became champion while battling heroin addiction and was credited as Mike Tyson's hardest fight.

What fight damaged Ali the most? ›

Ali: “Of all the fights I lost in boxing, losing to Spinks hurt the most. That's because it was my own fault.”

Who was George Foreman's toughest opponent? ›

George Foreman has named his 1976 clash with Ron Lyle as the toughest fight of his 81-bout career. This comes despite the fact that Foreman has taken on some of the greatest boxers of all time including Evander Holyfield, Joe Frazier and 'The Greatest' Muhammad Ali.

Who did Evander Holyfield say hit him the hardest? ›

In a clip shared by ES News, Holyfield revealed with a smile that he was worried Foreman had done him some permanent damage. “The guy that hit me the hardest was George Foreman. He hit me one time in the eleventh round, and I came back to the corner and I said 'did he knock all my teeth out?'

Did Sonny Liston hit harder than George Foreman? ›

But Liston not only hit harder than Foreman but was a very skillful boxer who threw great combinations and had great defense. Foreman was great but Liston in his prime was invencible.

What did Evander Holyfield say about fighting George Foreman? ›

The thing is, George had his turn (as champion) but I hadn't had my turn,” said Holyfield. “You may win (the title again), but not against me. I was able to beat him, but we both proved a point. “There were people who felt there was no way in the world he could keep up (for 12 rounds), but he did.

Which boxer has the fastest knockout? ›

Wonjongkam recorded the fastest stoppage in flyweight championship history when he blew out Naito in 34 seconds. Joe Frazier's son was stunned with a right hand before Tyson floored him with a left uppercut, prompting the referee's intervention after just 30 seconds.

What is the fastest knockdown in boxing history? ›

Phil Williams – 10 Seconds

The fastest knockout ever recorded in professional boxing belongs to Phil Williams. He only needed 10 seconds to dispatch Brandon Burke in June 2007 inside the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota.

What is Mike Tyson's strong hand? ›

Also not known to many, but Mike Tyson is also a left-hand dominant boxer who chose the orthodox stance. So having success with this method has been proven. Interestingly, all of these boxers have been known for their left hooks, which is no coincidence at all considering it's their strongest hand.

Why is Floyd so good? ›

Speed, defense and accuracy: Those attributes have made Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing's top pound-for-pound fighter, biggest pay-per-view draw and the most difficult opponent to game-plan against. His ability to land punches while not giving his opponent that same opportunity is the reason why.

What is the heaviest Floyd Mayweather fight? ›

The heaviest an opponent ever weighed in against Mayweather during his professional career was 154, a weight hit by fellow legends Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya ahead of their losses to "Money" Mayweather. Can't get enough boxing and MMA?

Who is the heaviest boxer Floyd Mayweather fought? ›

1. Oscar De La Hoya: One of the biggest fighters Mayweather ever faced was his high-profile bout against multi-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya. The 'Golden Boy' came into the bout 4 pounds heavier and at 5'11” with a reach of 73 inches. This was 3 inches taller than Mayweather, and an inch longer reach.

Who has the closest Mayweather loss? ›

Despite losing unanimously on the scorecards, José Luis Castillo is still considered by many to have come closest to beating Mayweather, and his blueprint of roughhousing the "Pretty Boy" has been cited as the most effective. Mayweather by UD 12 (both fights).

Has Muhammad Ali ever lost? ›

His final record of 56 wins and 5 losses with 37 knockouts has been matched by others, but the quality of his opponents and his overwhelming success during his prime placed him among boxing's immortals.

Which boxer is known as tank? ›

Gervonta “Tank” Davis is a professional boxer and the current WBA Super Featherweight Champion, born on November 7, 1994 and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently trains at the Upton Boxing Center in downtown Baltimore, Maryland under the guidance of his longtime boxing coach, Calvin Ford.

Who did Tyson knockout in 17 seconds? ›

Mike Tyson recorded his fastest KO by bludgeoning son of heavyweight legend Joe Frazier. Mike Tyson's fastest ever knockout came when he demolished the son of a legendary heavyweight champion in a crossroads fight between two young prospects.

How hard did Mike punch in pounds? ›

Even though Bruno represented two of those 44 knockouts, let's assume Tyson's blows were pretty much equal. If we take that force and assume that he could produce that force for just under a foot, we get around 1,178-foot-pounds, or, 1,600 joules of energy (Rocky Marciano was measured at 925-foot-pounds).

What was the fastest heavyweight fight in history? ›

There is a distinction between the quickest knock-out and the shortest fight. The shortest ever heavyweight world title fight was the James J. Jeffries (USA) (1875-1953)-Jack Finnegan (USA) bout at Detroit, USA on 6 April 1900, won by Jeffries in 55 seconds.

Who is stronger Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee? ›

For all of Jackie Chan's skills, it's likely that Bruce Lee would still prevail in a one-on-one fight. After all, Lee has the advantage in real-life fighting experience.

Who would win in a fight Chuck Norris vs Mike Tyson? ›

As for the actual fight Tyson would win.

Was Muhammad Ali's IQ? ›

He was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. * The U.S. Army measured Ali's IQ at 78. In his autobiography he said, “I only said I was the greatest, not the smartest.”

Who had 1,000 IQ? ›

Marilyn vos Savant (/ˌvɒs səˈvɑːnt/; born Marilyn Mach; August 11, 1946) is an American magazine columnist who has the highest recorded intelligence quotient (IQ) in the Guinness Book of Records, a competitive category the publication has since retired.

Who has 2000 IQ? ›

Christopher Langan
BornMarch 25, 1952 San Francisco, California, U.S.
EducationReed College (dropped out) Montana State University–Bozeman (dropped out)
OccupationHorse rancher
Known forHigh IQ
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Who is stronger Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali? ›

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali once admitted that he might not have been able to handle a punch from Mike Tyson if the two had ever fought. Ali is widely considered as the greatest heavyweight boxer there has ever been. As far as notoriety goes, Tyson is not far behind at all.

Did Mike Tyson like Bruce Lee? ›

The deep impact of Bruce Lee's philosophy

Tyson said, “Bruce Lee had an awesome philosophy about life, and he blew me away. Bruce Lee is a killer. You hurt your man, do as much damage you can, get out. You know what I mean, without being hurt, less damage than yourself as possible.

Is Mayweather the best pound-for-pound? ›

As of May 2023, BoxRec ranks him the second greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound. Many sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports, ranked Mayweather as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world twice in a span of ten years.

Who is better Pacquiao or Mayweather? ›

And now that Pacquiao is likely to retire after the loss to Ugas, it's a wrap on the debate: Mayweather had the better career. These are not just the two greatest fighters of their generation, but two of the top 10 or 15 boxers to ever lace up the gloves.

Is Manny Pacquiao the best pound-for-pound? ›

In 2016, Pacquiao was ranked second on ESPN's list of top boxers, pound-for-pound, of the past 25 years. BoxRec ranks Pacquiao as the third greatest boxer, pound for pound, of all time, as well as the greatest Asian boxer of all time.

Is Muhammad Ali pound-for-pound? ›

Muhammad Ali's 'Rumble in the Jungle' rope-a-dope' shock placed him as the Pound for Pound champ for the first time in his career. A reign would last over four years until 'The Greatest' himself lost to underdog Leon Spinks.

Is Mayweather really the best? ›

Floyd Mayweather has been one of the most successful fighters of all time. The Grand Rapids, Michigan star combined incredible speed and ring IQ with one of the most impregnable defenses in boxing history.

Who is Pacquiao toughest opponent? ›

Manny Pacquiao: The 10 Toughest Fights of His Career
  • Juan Manuel Marquez 1 (May 8, 2004)
  • Rustico Torrecampo (February 9, 1996) ...
  • Agapito Sanchez (November 10, 2001) ...
  • Nedal Hussein (October 14, 2000) ...
  • Erik Morales 2 (January 21, 2006) ...
  • Marco Antonio Barrera 1 (November 15, 2003) ...
  • Rocky Palma (May 1, 1995) ...

Is Mayweather richer than Pacquiao? ›

In the rankings, Forbes placed Mayweather as the second richest athlete in the world with $65 million while Tiger woods was declared the richest with a total revenue of $105 million. Manny Pacquiao was ranked eighth with with a total revenue of $42 million among 18 athletes who made it in the list.

Who is better than Manny Pacquiao? ›

Who's Better Right Now: Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather?
Boxing's Pound-for-Pound Best
1. Floyd Mayweather(46-0, 26 KOs)147-154 pounds
2. Manny Pacquiao(57-5-2, 38 KOs)140-147 pounds
3. Roman Gonzalez(41-0, 35 KOs)112 pounds
4. Wladimir Klitschko(63-3, 53 KOs)243 pounds
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Is Pacquiao the greatest of all time? ›

MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao has long been considered as one of the greatest boxers of all time after he captured 14 world titles in eight weight classes including three Ring Magazine championships. The Filipino boxing legend was ranked ninth place in Ring Magazine top 100 boxers of all time list.

Who has the most boxing belts in history? ›

Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to have won twelve major world titles in eight different weight divisions.

Why was Pacquiao so good? ›

His own unique blend of speed, power, athleticism, and toughness has been unparalleled in the sport over the last two decades. It's no doubt that all the time he spent in the boxing gym led him to become a living legend in the ring.

How many fights did Muhammad lose? ›

Boxing career of Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali
Total fights61
Wins by KO37
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