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Who is the Best Boxer Today?

Updated on March 19, 2011

I understand that boxing is fought at different weight divisions and boxers come from different backgrounds and have their own styles. But since boxing have started captivating fight fans for hundreds of years now, questions of who is the best boxer (today) and who is the best (of all time) have been asked over and over again.

So who's the best of all time? I know, we all have our own, going back to boxers in the last 100 years.

And that is why we now have come up with the term best pound-for-pound to have an idea of how we can compare boxers today and even boxers from different generations.

Far and wide, now and then, rich or poor, intelligent or crude, trash-talker or gentleman, brute force or finesse, tall or short, black, white, brown or whatever color, who is the greatest?

And that is still the million-dollar-question.And we have about a dozen answers.

So Who is Really The Best Boxer of All Time? See what ESPN says:

Click here to see ESPN's 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time:

And Who is The Best Boxer Today? See what Ring says:

Click here to see Ring Magazine’s Official List of Current Pound-for-Pound Professional Boxing Rankings:

But even with rankings like that, I know there is a continuing debate on who is really the best ever.

And more importantly there will always be heated discussions on who’s the better boxer of our time. Is it World number two pound-for-pound best fighter, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather or World number one pound-for-pound best fighter Manny Pacquiao.

Money or Manny?

Each Tom, Dick and Harry (and Tami and Harriet) have their own opinion, boxing experts and boxing analysts included. But each one’s opinion does not diminish the fact that for them personally that’s what they believe in.

And that is why all around us, especially in boxing websites, boxing news sites and boxing forums we see fight fans dish out and take their licks and express their take on who’s the best of the best.

Expert Who?

But I am not here to add one more “expert” analysis. In my mind, we are all experts, experts in our rights and our own minds. And most times we see and believe what we want to anyway. Or worst we get easily swayed by what a sweet-talking or a know-it-all is saying and we take that person’s opinion as our own. I say to those people, grow a brain or stand up to what you really believe in or make up your mind on your own.

And besides most boxing fans are as hard-headed and tough-as-nails as their boxing idols so why bother.

Here, let us watch somebody else's idea of the Top 50 Boxing Kos Ever, I know there are about 50 more other KOs out there that could have been included, but still for the most part, this is a great selection.

Top 50 Boxing Knock Outs Ever?

The bigger they are the harder they fall?
The bigger they are the harder they fall?

Now, after watching that, you would either remember why you stopped watching boxing or you’d remember why you really started watching and became a fan in the first place and still do.

Don't get me wrong, KOs does not make a boxer great, inherent skills, willing to learn and improve one's craft, killer instincts, a killer attitude and everything else does.

But fans come to see somebody go down, especially if executed by a skillful boxer. And the harder the fall, the better, as they say the higher you get, the harder you fall.

The Best For Now

And any which way the verdict is out--more fans love to watch Manny Pacquiao than Floyd (Money) Mayweather. But that alone does not make Manny a better boxer than the number two guy or everyone else, of course not.

But that’s hard to ignore or put down. And that’s what might be the bottomline.

What’s more is that more fans love the excitement that Manny brings each fight night. Some boxing experts will even say that almost singlehandedly Manny has brought boxing back to it's feet. And to some extent, they might be right.

Third, more fans love the fact that Manny more or less fights for them--the fight fans (even taking unnecessary risks) and give most fight fans what they want to see (the betting fans included).

Fourth, more fans love the way he conducts himself in and out of the ring, which bring back the respect to this otherwise brutal sport, especially from today’s Trash-Talking, Trouble-Prone, Media-Hungry, All-About-Me Fight Generation, MMA and Fight Clubs included.

And lastly more fans love the way he continually improves from fight to fight, from weight division to weight division, from one level to the next. Like who does that? And logically of course the insinuation of illegal substances.

But even with that still unproven allegation some people are still calling Manny Pacquiao the Eighth Wonder of the World-of course referring to him achieving the near impossible of (arguably) winning Eight World Titles In Eight Different Weight Dvisions, a feat never been seen or heard of before and probably never will. And what's even unbelievable about it is that he is still very much an active boxer and still looking for his next opponent. And busy doing something else productive outside the ring aside from boxing.

Fight Of The Century?

Now, we all know that the Fight between these two top pound-for-pounds is imminent but still nothing is written in stone and everything is still up in the air. And until then, we probably will still argue among ourselves who’s the best or who’s better.

What do you think?

Mayweather vs Pacquiao Promo Video

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    J@ps 7 years ago from Southern California

    Nobody can deny you that lpeoney. Thanks for voting.

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    Ipeoney 7 years ago from USA

    I vote for Manny Pacquiao. I thought he is the best little boxer in modern times