There were plenty of debates in the boxing world who among all the fighters is the GREATEST. Just recently The Pugilist released it's own Top 50 ranked greatest of all time and two days ago Danny Ryan released his own Top 15. I will be bringing you today both list's top 15 side by side for you to see. Danny Ryan's list was voted by fans.
TOP 15 LIST OF GREATEST BOXERS OF ALL TIME
|RANK||THE PUGILIST||DANNY RYAN's LIST|
|1||Sugar Ray Robinson||Muhammad Ali|
|2||Muhammad Ali||Sugar Ray Robinson|
|3||Henry Armstrong||Mike Tyson|
|4||Harry Greb||Manny Pacquiao|
|5||Joe Luis||Rocky Marciano|
|6||Willie Pep||Joe Luis|
|7||Sam Langford||Sugar Ray Leonard|
|8||Jack Johnson||Floyd Mayweather Jr.|
|9||Roberto Duran||Henry Armstrong|
|10||Sugar Ray Leonard||Roy Jones Jr.|
|11||Manny Pacquiao||Roberto Duran|
|12||Benny Leonard||George Foreman|
|13||Jack Dempsey||Willie Pep|
|14||Roy Jones Jr.||Jack Johnson|
|15||George Foreman||Marvin Hagler|
In the Pugilist list, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was ranked number #39th and it sparked a lot of comments in the social media like twitter. Mayweather argued about his ranking and it created a lot of debates. There were many opinions thrown looking at the list made by the two.
Undoubtedly, the two top-ranked are the greatest boxers of all time. They have different styles of fighting but they achieve things that were more than winning, their influence to the boxing fans.
Mike Tyson ranked 3rd in Danny's list but ranked 49th in the Pugilist. On the first 15 of both lists, there were 11 boxers who appeared on both lists. And I believe they are really legitimate to be ranked among the Top 15 boxers of all time.
On both lists, MANNY PACQUIAO is the only active fighter. He has broken many boxing records including the rare 8 division world champion and 5 times lineal world champion.
Here is the complete The Pugilist list.
photo credit to Boxing Magazine THE PUGILISTMAG
Let's wait for more list boxing website will produce. It will again be exciting what the boxing fans will say about their favorite boxers. Having the list would help us see the common boxers among them and later everyone can conclude who among them are really included in the TOP 10 GOAT.
Manny Pacquiao can still improve his ranking because he is still active and two more difficult fights with two elite opponents would probably push him up of the list. A win against Terence Crawford or Erol Spence will make Manny Pacquiao improve in the GOAT ranking.
Even when Manny Pacquiao retires from boxing he will still be a name in boxing as he now starts to look for new talents that would bring glory to the Philippines.
Sources: SportBible.com and GiveMeSprot.com