Boxing: Are Floyd Mayweather and Julio Cesar Chavez among the best boxers in history?

ISLANDn the occasion of Julio Czar Chvez’s 60th birthday, who is considered one of the best boxers ever, what place would the Mexican have in the long history of pugilism.

A few months ago, The Ring magazine, self-styled as the ‘Boxing Bible’ made a list of the best boxers in history to celebrate his 100th birthday. Where does Chavez Mayweather or Mike Tyson rank? It is a difficult list, because the points of view are very different, but here we bring you a top 10 of the boxers that the same magazine and several specialists give.

1. Sugar Ray Robinson

Walker Smith Jr. born in 1921, finished with a professional record of 175-19-6. World champion at two weights in a very tough era, with legendary opponents such as Jake LaMotta, Kid Gavilan or Henry Armstrong. Robinson possessed great qualities that made him the best: fast, powerful, precise, knockout. He is a clear precedent of Mohamed Ali, who had him as a reference. He was never knocked out.

2. Joe Louis

Possibly the most dominant champion in boxing history. The ‘Brown Bomber’ reigned for a dozen years with a record 25 consecutive title defenses against the best of his era. Seventeen of Louis’ (66-3, 52 KO) 25 defenses were against ‘top 10’ boxers. From 1930 to 1956, nine men wore the heavyweight crown and Joe Louis knocked out seven of them, including Max Baer and Primo Carnera. This includes his most legendary victory, the first round KO over Max Schmeling in their rematch. He is considered the best heavyweight in history.

3. Muhammad Ali

Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., known as Muhammad Ali, born in Louisville (Kentucky). Gold medalist at the Rome Olympics, world heavyweight champion with a record of 56-5. His undisputed value as a boxer is based on his style: his excellent jab, his leg movement, his stamina and his punch. He dominated his category for years, defeating legends such as Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Sonny Liston. His value is increased by his great personality and his historical and social transcendence, inside and outside the sport.

4. Willie Pep

American boxer, also known by the nicknames of The Whip and The Devil, who was world featherweight champion for six years (1942-1948). He was part of a generation of great boxers of Italian origin, including Rocky Marciano, Tony Canzoneri and Johnny Dundee. His is the phrase “Hit the guy in front of you as much as you can, but don’t let him hurt you”.

5. Henry Armstrong

Henry Jackson Jr. Holder of a professional record of 152-22-9, Armstrong managed to be champion of three different divisions at the same time. His rivalry with Fritzie Civic led to several major clashes. Armstrong had a style of his own, he overwhelmed his opponents with a lot of punches.

6. Emile Griffith

Emile Alphonse Griffith (85-24-2, 23 KO) was at the top welterweight and middleweight ranks from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s, a period in which he won five world championships against top boxers. In fact, he racked up notable wins from lightweight to light heavyweight during his career. Nearly half of his opponents in his 111 fights were ‘top 10’ in his division when Griffith faced them, hence his fifth position in this ranking.

7. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr., son of boxer, nephew of Roger Mayweather. Born in Grand Rapids (Michigan). He is the most intelligent boxer in history because he has managed his professional career in the best possible way, finishing it with a record of 50-0, which surpasses that of Rocky Marciano. He faced and defeated the best of his era: Shane Mosley, Oscar De la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Marcos Maidana, Diego Corrales, Juan Manuel Mruez, Diego Corrales.

8. Archie Moore

Archie Moore (183-23-10-132 KO) is a myth who had one of the longest careers in professional boxing, especially for his time. He was active for no less than 28 years and had the most wins by KO. Although it took him 17 years to win the world title, he was able to defeat outstanding opponents of his time such as Harold Johnson or Joey Maxim, although he lost to Rocky Marciano.

9. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao. A record of 62 (38 KO’s)-8-2, world champion in 8 different divisions. Aggressive, firm, tough, strong, knockout. He is the protagonist of the best battles of recent times, especially against Juan Manuel Marquez. He defeated and retired Oscar De la Hoya. He could not defeat his nemesis Floyd Mayweather Jr.

10. Julio Cesar Chavez

World champion in three different categories with a professional record of 107-6- 2. Best Mexican boxer of all times, great fighter, strong and resistant. He made legendary fights against opponents such as Meldrick Taylor, Hctor Camacho or Roger Mayweather. He was undefeated for 90 fights. He was called Mr. Knockout, he retired with 85 knockouts for life.


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