The Best-Ever Boxers

BoxRec, an online Boxing database, recently stirred the pot and then some when they revealed the point-based system they used to decide which fighters are the greatest of all time, along with their list.

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Boxers get up to 200 points annually for defeating the No.1 or No. 2 in the Division, and additional criteria also rewards them for their yearly pound-for-pound ranking.

Top wins each year are offset by losses against opponents who are lower-rated in the referenced year, the one before it, and the one after. Top wins get rewarded far more highly than medium-scale ones do, and the points-per-year get reduced by ½ for defeating a No.3 pugilist, by ⅓ for beating a No. 4-ranked boxer, by ¼ for defeating a No.5, and so on. So, winning against a No. 11 will only get a fighter of what prevailing over a No. 1 or a No.2 will.

1. Sugar Ray Robinson

1 512 Points


Sugar Ray Robinson, hailed by Muhammad Ali as the king, the master, and Ali’s idol, was the inspiration for the pound-for-pound ranking in the first place. The system is now used to describe boxers who skill in the ring puts them above their counterparts the world over, in any weight division.

He was the Welterweight champion for five consecutive years, from 1946 to 1950, and won the Middleweight Championship five times too, between 1951 and 1960.

Sugar Ray Leonard, another legend of the Boxing world, once commented on comparisons between himself and Robinson. He said there was none because Robinson was the greatest.

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2. Carlos Monzon

1 586 points


Before Carlos Monzon, a playboy from Argentina, got sentenced to 11 years in prison for murdering Alicia Muniz, his girlfriend, in 1988, he was the undisputed Middleweight Champion for seven years.

Although he was as violent and as flawed as he was incredible in a fight, Monzon remains one of the saddest stories in Boxing. He was killed in a car accident on a home visit in 1995.

3. Manny Pacquiao

1 637 points


Manny Pacquiao is the only entrant on this list that remains active, as well as the only Eight-Division World Champion in Boxing history.

He’s widely held to have delivered some of the most memorable performances in the ring, annihilating Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, wiping out Ricky Hatton in less than six minutes in 2009, and simply overwhelming Miguel Cotto a couple of months later.

4. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

2 257 points


Floyd Mayweather Jr. is always eager to leave retirement behind him to celebrate his astonishing 50-0-0 in the ring and wasted no time in sharing the BoxRec Greatest of All Time list to his Instagram page!

With a point total of 2 256, Mayweather is ahead of Pacquiao in second place by more than 800 points, and, according to Forbes, he was the highest-earning athlete on earth in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2018.