This list only includes retired boxers
Who is the greatest living boxer? This list is for retired fighters only and is a subjective list. Let us know who we are missing and who you think should be number one?
Holyfield was the epitome of a warrior. Holyfield is the greatest Cruiserweight that ever lived, and he fought all-comers. His trilogy with Riddick Bowe will go down in history as one of the greatest ever.
Love him or hate him, he was a great boxer. His most outstanding performance to me was the destruction of Diego Corrales. He was challenged very rarely. So the knock-on Mayweather is that he ducked some fighter or fought guys at weight disadvantages or guys past their prime, and while there is some truth to that, you can’t deny the man’s greatness.
After beating Vitali Klitschko in a bloody brawl, Lewis walked away on his terms. Lewis physically and mentally would have been a formidable opponent for any fighter in history. Beat Holyfield twice(No matter what the judges said) and beat Mike Tyson, to name his most notable wins. He avenged his only two losses to Oliver McCall and Hasin Rahman. Lewis is a gentleman in and out of the ring.
Hearns never shied away from a challenge and always gave the fans their money’s worth. His most significant victory had to be his devastating second-round KO of Roberto Duran. In most eyes, he beat Sugar Ray Leonard in their rematch. Know more for his power, but his boxing ability was on a par with almost anybody in boxing history.
Foreman started as the menacing monster that knocked out everybody. After losing his title to Muhammad Ali, he came back and stopped Ron Lyle in one of the greatest battles in boxing history. He retired in 1977 after an upset loss to Jimmy Young. He then unretired a decade later and would win the Heavyweight title again 20 years after losing it.
Manny ranked ahead of Floyd because he took every fight he could get, and he feared no man. His resume is one of the best on this list and I still wonder what happens if Floyd-Manny happens in 2009 or 2010. Either way, Manny had the more impressive career.
Jones may be the most talented boxer on this list. The issue with Roy was the level of competition he faced and the level of competition he chose not to face. On talent alone he could easily be number one, but his resume hurts him!
Holmes was the Heavyweight champion for seven years and beat the likes of Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, and Gerry Cooney, to name a few. Holmes returned much like Foreman and upset the undefeated Ray Mercer to get a shot at the crown once again. But, unfortunately, he would lose a decision to Evander Holyfield and later would get another shot losing a close decision to champion Oliver McCall.
Spinks cleared out a loaded Ligh Heavyweight division which included beating Dwight Braxton. He then moved up and became the first Light heavyweight champion to win the Heavyweight title defeating Larry Holmes.
He burst onto the scene with a dramatic stoppage of Ken Buchannon, which would lead to a six-year dominance of the Lightweight division. He then moved up in weight to chase the “Golden Goose” Sugar Ray Leonard. The rematch was different as Leonard embarrassed Duran, and Duran would quit In the eight-round. After a couple of up and down years, he would rebound to take Davey Moore’s Jr.Middleweight title and then take Middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler the distance. He would upset Iran Barkley for a portion of the Middleweight title a few years later.
Leonard was the darling of the 1976 Olympics and became a household name all over the World. Beat Roberto Duran 2 times, even making the tough man from Panama quit in the second fight. He also beat Thomas Hearns, Wilfred Benitez, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
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