How would the world’s greatest boxers be judged? Judging by the number of knockouts? The number of knockouts? The ratio of wins to losses? Here they are in order on points won. Top of the charts with 2255 career points. Floyd,42, retired having won 50 matches with no losses. Born Floyd Sinclair in 1977, he competed from 1996 to 2007, missed a year, then from 2009 to 2010 and then 2011 to 2015 and one fight in 2017.
Mayweather also won a bronze medal in 1996 as an amateur in the featherweight division. He also achieved three US Golden Gloves Championships I the light featherweight, flyweight and featherweight divisions and even the US National Championships in the featherweight division. He is seen as the best defensive fighter to get into the ring and also the most accurate boxer the world has ever seen. Mayweather took on Pacquiao in 2015, and his earnings from the fight were in the region of $400 million.
Number 2 – Manny Pacquiao
Manny started his professional career in 1995 and is judged second only to Mayweather. Born in 1978 he has moved on from fighting to enter politics and is now a senator. He is the only boxer in the world to win the Lineal championships in five weight classes and has succeeded in four different weight divisions, flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. Pacquiao took on Mayweather in 2015, and in a twelve round fight, Mayweather won on a unanimous decision. So now Mayweather has announced that he wants a rematch against Pacquiao – and what will the outcome be between the world’s number one and number two?
Number 3 – Carlos Monzon
The Argentinian, Carlos Monzon, born in 1942 (and passed away in 1995) succeeded in holding the title of world middleweight champion for a stunning seven years. He effectively protected this title fourteen times. His was well known not only for his speed and punch but also his respect for his job. Monzon ended his career with 59 knockouts. His losses in his early years were vindicated when he took on those who had beaten him and beat them! His name resonates through the international hall of fame. Unfortunately, he was accused of abusing his two wives and his many girlfriends and ended up being sentenced to eleven years for killing his wife in 1995.
Number 4 – Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali (or Cassius Clay as he was first known) before he became a Muslim. He lost three fighting years after refusing to go to Vietnam from 1967 to 1970. He was the most celebrated sportsman of the twentieth century and arguably the best-known boxer in the world. Born in Louisville in 1942 he passed away in 2016 after a long fight with illness. In 1960 he won a gold medal at the Olympic Games and then turned professional. At 22 he beat Sonny Liston in 1964.