By Ken Hissner: Over the years, I’ve seen many pound-for-pound greatest boxer lists, and this is another one since I think it’s important how the Boxingnews24 readers think.
I will list many from the past and others during modern times.
Welterweight and Middleweight champion “Sugar” Ray Robinson, 174-19-6 with 109 KOs.
Ahead on all cards challenging for the Light Heavyweight title in Yankee Stadium against Joey Maxim, 78-18-4, he couldn’t come out for the fourteenth round due to heat (104 degrees) prostration. He retired with a 132-3-2 record before returning three years later.
Holding all three titles at the same time was Featherweight, Welterweight, and Lightweight champion “Homicide” Henry Armstrong, 149-20-10 with 99 knockouts.
Though never a world champion was Sam “The Boston Tar Baby” Langford, 178-30-38 with 126 knockouts. He fought two non-title draws with champions Joe Gans and Joe Walcott, both IBHOF inductees. Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey said Langford was the only boxer that he feared.
Heavyweight champion Jack “Galveston Giant” Johnson, 54-11-9, with 34 knockouts.
Heavyweight champion Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis, 66-3, with 52 knockouts and 25 title defenses.
Heavyweight champion Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali, 56-5 with 37 knockouts, won the title a record three times with 19 defenses.
Featherweight champion Willie “Wil o’ the Wisp” Pep, 229-11-1 with 65 knockouts, actually won a round without landing a punch.
Middleweight champion Harry “Pittsburgh Windmill” Greb, 108-8-3 with 49 knockouts, was the only boxer to defeat then-American light heavy champ Gene Tunney, 65-1-1, later the heavyweight champ.
World Flyweight champion Jimmy “The Mighty Atom” Wilde, 131-3-1 with 98 knockouts, lost his two final fights.
World Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, and Super Middleweight world champion and 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist “Sugar” Ray Leonard, 36-3-1 with 35 knockouts.
Flyweight, Super Bantamweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, and Light Middleweight champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, 62-8-2 with 39 knockouts.
Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, Light Middleweight, and Middleweight champion Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya, 39-6 with 30 knockouts with 18 title defenses.
Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, and Heavyweight champion Roy Jones, Jr., 66-10 with 47 knockouts with 17 title defenses.
Super Featherweight, Lightweight, and Light Welterweight champion Julio “J.C.” Cesar Chavez, 107-6-2 with 85 knockouts with 29 title defenses.
Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Super, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, and Light Middleweight champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr., 50-0 with 27 knockouts with 26 title defenses.
Heavyweight champion Rocky “The Brockton Blockbuster” Marciano, 49-0 with 43 knockouts with 6 title defenses.
Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, and Light Middleweight champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, 40-4-1 with 17 knockouts with 14 title defenses.
There you have it in 17 boxers considered to be some of the greatest of all time and all inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.