Sugar Ray Robinson is easily the best in my mind. Before he turned 31 years old his record read 131-1. He was the former welterweight champion and never lost at this weight. He also was a five time middleweight Champion and beat several Hall of Famers and great fighters for 20 years.
I can only reference the fighters I've seen. Ali and Tyson come to mind. Of the two I'd have to give Ali my thumbs up, I just wish he would have stopped a few dozen years earlier. I once paid to see a Tyson fight on the big screen. Transportation time, 1.5 hours each way. Waiting for the fight to start, 45 minutes. The actual fight = In 1988 Michael Spinks, 91 seconds. That was the last fight I ever paid for. I still think Spinks was paid to fall, he knew he would lose so he laid down. http://youtu.be/aD44ZPFHLfg
My opinion only. Tyson watched film of the old fighters and was taught to go to the body eventually the head would be open. Ali was a cagey fighter, he could slip and move better than anyone of his era, the difference between Tyson and Ali was Tyson would not let you get away. In my opinion Ali may have lasted 5 rounds before Tyson knocked him out.
Sure would be nice to see them fight when they were both in there prime. I think Tyson would have wilted in the later rounds. Ali was able to get under the skin of his opponents and get the head away from the fight.
I'd give Ali a slight edge over Sugar Ray, who would have also been light heavyweight champion if he hadn't wilted late in the fight against Joey Maxim.
Ali didn't fight for more than 3 years in his prime, when he was 25-28. Nobody could have come close to beating him in those years. Also, he defeated a guy before his prime for the title that hardly anybody thought he could beat, Sonny Liston. And he defeated a guy after his prime for the title that hardly anybody thought he could beat, George Foreman.
hey repair guy, Ali fought Charles Sonny Liston twice. The first fight if you watch it will show Ali dominating Liston and swelling his face. But for proof Liston did not throw the fight just watch the solid shots he lands in round 5 on Ali before Ali closed the show.
I'm going to have to say Mohammed Ali.... he had it all... speed, brains, strength, will power and the ability to take a punch. He was versatile and missed three years in his prime and came back to electrify the world. I'm 54 and remember quite well the Foreman fight. We listened to the fight by tape delay on the radio. George Foreman was Mike Tyson in his prime except much bigger. Everyone assumed he was going to kill Ali. He had already destroyed Joe Frazier who also was an elite fighter. And yet Ali won. In my opinion, this was the crowning moment of boxing history. These were real gladiators. Everyone was in awe of them. The tension was unreal and these two men went at it. I know there are other great fighters but I just think that in his prime Ali could take anyone because nobody had the will power along with the transcendent gifts that he possessed. That's my vote anyway.
Tyson's the best because he laid out people in 15 seconds flat. That meant not only was he dominant, but that also meant all us spectators got to go the hell home and not have to spend thirteen rounds around our f*cking friends. lol. And that's the best service any athlete can do.