Top 50 greatest modern day boxers

Who is the greatest pound for pound fighter of the modern era?

It is often a question that is debated among boxing fans and it usually brings up numerous different answers and opinions.

You have the obvious names such as Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, but there are often great boxers who are overlooked.

The Definitive Dose have decided to get involved and they have ranked the greatest boxers by overall record, belts held and legendary fights fought in an attempt to settle the debate once and for all.

They have listed the top 50 pound for pound boxers post 1940 – please check it out below to see if you agree.

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50 – Canelo Alvarez (2005-Present)

49 – Bob Foster (1961–1978)

48 – Michael Spinks (1977-1988)

47 – Manuel Ortiz (1938–1955)

46 – Erik Morales (1993-2012)

45 – Marco Antonio Barrera (1989-2011)

44 – Lennox Lewis (1989-2003)

Lennox Lewis

43 – Fighting Harada (1960-1970)

42 – Charley Burley (1936-1950)

41 – Aaron Pryor (1976-1990)

40 – Carmen Basilio (1948–1961)

39 – Dick Tiger (1952-1970)

38 – Kid Gavilan (1943-1958)

37 – Salvador Sanchez (1975-1982)

36 – Ike Williams (1940-1955)

50-36 Summary

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez appears in 50th place in the list for pound for pound kings which proves the strength of the rest of the fighters. Spinks was only beaten once during his professional career and that was by the legendary Mike Tyson in his final fight. Former British heavyweight Lennox Lewis fought in some of the biggest bouts of the generation and some may feel he should feature higher up.

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35 – Pascual Perez (1952-1964)

34 – Mike Tyson (1985-2005)

Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson

33 – Alexis Arguello (1968–1995)

32 – Oscar De La Hoya (1992–2008)

31 – Roy Jones Jr (1989-2018)

30 – Larry Holmes (1973-2002)

29 – Tommy Hearns (1977-2006)

28 – Jose Napoles (1958–1975)

27 – Bernard Hopkins (1988-2016)

26 – Evander Holyfield (1984-2011)

25 – Billy Conn (1935-1948)

24 – Carlos Monzon (1963–1977)

23 – Eder Jofre (1957–1976)

22 – Emilie Griffith (1958–1977)

21 – Jake LaMotta (1941–1954)

35-21 Summary

Roy Jones Jr & Mike Tyson
Roy Jones Jr & Mike Tyson

Every fighter that is being ranked now are absolutely massive names in the sport. The longevity of some of the careers is highlighted by Arguello, Jones Jr, Holmes, Hearns and Hopkins, who all had around 30 years at the top level. Tyson and Holyfield were part of the famed heavyweight era in the 1990s.

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20 – Joe Frazier (1965–1981)

19 – Pernell Whitaker (1984-2001)

18 – Sandy Saddler (1944–1957)

17 – Manny Pacquiao (1995 – Present)

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao enjoyed a storied career

16 – Ruben Olivares (1965 – 1988)

15 – Marvin Hagler (1973–1987)

14 – Marcel Cerdan (1934–1949)

13 – Ezzard Charles (1940-1959)

12 – Julio Cesar Chavez (1980-2005)

11 – George Foreman (1969–1997)

10 – Archie Moore (1935 – 1963)

9 – Rocky Marciano (1947 – 1955)

8 – Sugar Ray Leonard (1977-1997)

7 – Roberto Duran (1968–2001)

6 – Floyd Mayweather Jr (1996-2017)

Floyd Mayweather
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20-6 Summary

Failing to make it in to the top 10 are Frazier, Hagler and Foreman, who may have perhaps all been towards the top of some fans’ lists. The unbeaten Marciano might feel that he’s unfortunate to not make it higher. Mayweather just fails to make the top 5, but that may have been different if he faced Pacquiao during the prime of his career.

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5 – Joe Louis

4 – Willie Pep

3 – Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer to have graced the planet

2 – Henry Armstrong

1 – Sugar Ray Robinson

5-1 Summary

Robinson is the greatest fighter of all time according to Definitive Dose and it’s hard to argue with that. The former welterweight and five-time middleweight champion won 175 fights during his career with 109 of those via knockout. Surprisingly, Ali appears in third place, but some will argue with that as he is certainly the biggest name and personality to come out of the sport. Armstrong appears in second place thanks to his extremely distinguished career.

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