The 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time

What Do You Think of ESPN's Rankings of Famous Boxers?

Greatest Boxers of All Time
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Who really is the greatest boxer of all time? That question is bound to set off a debate among fight fans. Back in 2007, ESPN.com listed their 50 greatest boxers of all time. Their goal was not an 'all-time, mythical pound-for-pound ranking' so to speak, but rather a logical assessment based on four criteria:

  • In-ring Performance
  • Achievements
  • Dominance
  • Mainstream Appeal

Check out the complete list below.

It will come as no surprise who is at the top of the list. If you accept that Sugar Ray Robinson belongs in the top slot (or even if you don't), who do you think belongs at number two?

50 Greatest Boxers of All Time

1. Sugar Ray Robinson
2. Muhammad Ali
3. Henry Armstrong
4. Joe Louis
5. Willie Pep
6. Roberto Duran
7. Benny Leonard
8. Jack Johnson
9. Jack Dempsey
10. Sam Langford
11. Joe Gans
12. Sugar Ray Leonard
13. Harry Greb
14. Rocky Marciano
15. Jimmy Wilde
16. Gene Tunney
17. Mickey Walker
18. Archie Moore
19. Stanley Ketchel
20. George Foreman
21. Tony Canzoneri
22. Barney Ross
23. Jimmy McLarnin
24. Julio Cesar Chavez
25. Marcel Cerdan
26. Joe Frazier
27. Ezzard Charles
28. Jake LaMotta
29. Sandy Saddler
30. Terry McGovern
31. Billy Conn
32. Jose Napoles
33. Ruben Olivares
34. Emile Griffith
35. Marvin Hagler
36. Eder Jofre
37. Thomas Hearns
38. Larry Holmes
39. Oscar De La Hoya
40. Evander Holyfield
41. Ted "Kid" Lewis

42. Alexis Arguello

43. Marco Antonio Barrera
44. Pernell Whitaker
45. Carlos Monzon
46. Roy Jones Jr.
47. Bernard Hopkins
48. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
49. Erik Morales
50. Mike Tyson

How Would the List of All-Time Greatest Boxers Look Today?

The ESPN.com list was compiled in 2007. At that time, Manny Pacquiao had not yet fought - and beaten - Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manual Marquez (rematch), David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.

If the list were compiled today, Pacman would surely crack the top 50. The interesting question is just how high would he rank among the all-time greats?

Also, Floyd Mayweather had not reached his remarkable tally of 49-0 and beaten his greatest rival of his generation, Manny Pacquiao. It would surely be plausible to move Mayweather dramatically up this list from 48 to arguably inside the top ten, if not higher in some people's eyes.

Perhaps one of the greatest criticisms of the list, speaking a few years later, is the entire omission of Wales' super-middleweight and light-heavyweight fighting sensation Joe Calzaghe. Like Mayweather, Calzaghe amassed and retired with an unblemished record, but also beat American greats Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr before hanging up the gloves.

These are just some of the men who could be quite a bit higher up on the list than they were ranked in 2007 by the world's biggest sports network, ESPN.

What do you think of the list? What would you change? Who was left off? Who doesn't belong?