Manny Pacquiao, for example, cannot be considered an active boxer now because he has not been seen in a ring since July of 2019. These lists always spark debate, and Insider's will be no exception. However, one thing that can be agreed on is that nobody knows how the future will play out for any of these fighters.
There are several factors that go into determining who the best boxer in the world is at any given moment. Statistics like wins, losses, and draws count, but so does experience. Some boxers have managed to accumulate more years of fighting than others, which gives them an advantage. In addition, some fighters are just better boxers all around while others have shown they can fight multiple times in a single night. Finally, there is also the fact that many great boxers of yore have not fought in a decade or more. It is therefore difficult to say who the best boxer in the world is right now.
However, one thing that can be said for certain is that nobody knows how their careers will play out. The boxing world is a dangerous place, and no matter what happens from here on out, someone is going to get hurt. This is part of the sport's beauty though; every fighter has a chance to prove themselves and become champions.
Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao.
He is a Filipino professional boxer who is considered by many to be the greatest boxer of all time. He is also regarded as one of the best boxers in history. As of April 2016, he has held the WBC, WBA, Ring Magazine, and The Lineal Boxing Championships titles.
His career record is 69-7-2 (55 KOs).
He was born on January 4th, 1973 in Mandaue City, Cebu Province, the Philippines. His name is Manny Pacquiao Jr.. He lives in General Santos City, Zamboanga Sibugayhooves Pacquiao has three siblings: Jennifer, Michael, and Ricky. His father, Manny Pacquiao Sr., was a Filipino boxing champion and politician. His mother, Emma, was an Italian national.
As a child, Pacquiao wanted to become a priest. However, when he was 15 years old, he decided to try his hand at boxing. He started training daily under the watchful eye of his father, who was then already a famous boxer.
In the table from reputable boxing website BoxRec, the retired 50-0 champ is ranked far ahead of second-placed Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather, 42, of Michigan, has never lost a professional fight in his 21-year career, and his place at the top of the rankings is another another punch at his ferocious opponent from the Philippines.
Mayweather's record is unblemished since he moved up to welterweight to face Marcos Maidana in April 2014. He defended his title with convincing victories over Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya in 2009 and 2007 respectively.
Maidana was the only opponent who gave Mayweather any real trouble during this period but even so, his winning streak is still intact.
Mayweather announced his retirement on Instagram after his ninth win via knockout/TKO. He said he's moving down to light heavyweight for his next contest to avoid getting beaten up by boxers of higher weight classes. "My body needs a break," he said. "I'm going to take one year off and see what happens."
Mayweather won his first seven fights by way of knockout/TKO. His sole defeat came when he was caught by a left hook from Miguel Cotto in 2010 which caused him to lose his belt. After coming back from that setback, he went on to defend his title against Hatton and De La Hoya twice each.
Manny Pacquiao, according to ESPN commentator Max Kellerman, is the finest boxer of all time. He's unquestionably a better boxer pound for pound than Floyd Mayweather. But is he the greatest of all time? That's something you could debate for years. Here are the odds-on favorites:
Muhammad Ali - 3/1
George Foreman - 12/1
Joe Louis - 15/1
Henry Armstrong - 20/1
James J. Corbett - 25/1
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Dates in bold indicate when they earned their fourth division title. Interim championships are not included unless they are raised to legitimate champion status. Only Manny Pacquiao has successfully defended four divisions in the initial eight weight classes in boxing history. He did so from 2004 to 2011.
Pacquiao first captured a world championship in 1998 at featherweight, where he defeated Erik Morales by unanimous decision. He went on to win two more titles at super bantamweight and junior flyweight before moving up to flyweight in 2003. In his first fight at this new weight class, he knocked out former champion Ricky Hatton in seven rounds to claim the WBC crown. After one successful defense of this title, Pacquiao moved up to lightweight where he took on Miguel Cotto for the WBO belt. The bout was close but ended in a majority draw, thus awarding the belt to Cotto. This is when Pacquiao decided to switch divisions, ending his run at lightweight.
He returned to the lighter weights three years later and reclaimed his titles from both Morales and Hatton. In 2007, he added another world title to his collection when he beat Marlon Brando Haydock for the WBA crown. In 2008, he made his fourth defense against then-undefeated Oscar De La Hoya.
Yes, there have been many boxing champions with all the necessary talents and equipment, but not all deserve as much attention as others. Some of the most spectacular exploits are performed at a young age, when no one else believes it is possible. Then, years later, when they are grown-ups, we remember these fighters and give them their due credit. Here are the five best boxers never to win the title.
Number 5: Benny Leonard - North American boxer/manager/trainer Benny Leonard is considered the first true global superstar in boxing. He was a popular champion in several different countries, so he is known by more than just his fans in America. However, he never won the world championship belt.
In 1957, the reigning world heavyweight champion, Joe Louis, refused to fight again unless Leonard was allowed to challenge for the title. Louis' demand was fair since Leonard was considered the number two man in the world. However, management problems caused by Leonard's other career obligations prevented him from traveling to Europe for the fights. As a result, he was never able to unify the titles.
As a lightweight, Leonard held world championships in three different countries: Canada, Italy and Mexico. However, he never defended the Mexican title because he failed to appear for a rematch with defending champion Esteban de la Fuente.