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Best Boxing Managers of All Time

Updated on June 21, 2016

Successful Boxing Managers

Bill Cayton wrote boxing books, had an extensive film collection and managed boxers. Mike Tyson, Wilfred Benitez and Tommy Morrison were among his charges.
Bill Cayton wrote boxing books, had an extensive film collection and managed boxers. Mike Tyson, Wilfred Benitez and Tommy Morrison were among his charges.
Boxing manager Al Weill flanks Archie Moore and his champion Rocky Marciano. He did anything in his power to gain advantages for his fighters.
Boxing manager Al Weill flanks Archie Moore and his champion Rocky Marciano. He did anything in his power to gain advantages for his fighters. | Source
Leonard Ellerbe has managed Floyd Mayweather brilliantly. He is very smart and knows what to say and when to say it.
Leonard Ellerbe has managed Floyd Mayweather brilliantly. He is very smart and knows what to say and when to say it. | Source

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The Men and Women Behind The Fighters

1. Bill Cayton: Cayton is most famous for managing Mike Tyson and guiding his early career. Cayton knew how to move his fighters at the right pace and take care of their careers. He also managed world champions, Wilfred Benitez, Edwin Rosario, Tommy Morrison and Vinnie Pazienza. He also managed over 20 top contenders including: Michael Grant and Jeremy Williams. Cayton really went to bat for his fighters behind closed doors. Cayton talked and talked but he got things done and that is the bottom line. Cayton, at one time, owned the largest collection of fight films in existence.

2. Al Weill: He was not just a manager. Weill was a manager with connections. He managed the career of the great Rocky Marciano from start to finish. Weill also guided the careers of Boxing Champions Lou Ambers, Marty Servo and Joey Archibald. Weill also helped several amateur and pro boxers early in their careers. Weill always went tooth and nail to get his boxers top dollar for giving blood, sweat, and tears inside the boxing ring.

3. Herbert Muhammad: Muhammad co-founded Bob Arum's promotional company, Top Rank. He managed Muhammad Ali from 1966 until his retirement in 1981. Muhammad helped Ali get on television shows and he had a way with the media and other boxing insiders. Herbert was a shrewd manager but he kept Ali paid and paid handsomely for performing his craft inside the squared circle. Muhammad got his way with boxing folks in a way that benefited his prizefighters.

4. Jack Kearns: Doc managed the careers of four Hall of Fame boxers including: Jack Dempsey, Archie Moore, Joey Maxim and Mickey Walker. He helped make a Dempsey match generate the very first million dollar gate in the sport. He could talk and talk non stop and he would sell his boxers come hell or high water. Kearns is similar to Don King as in he could talk non stop about any upcoming event that he was promoting or that he was involved in.

5. James Prince: He has helped to generate younger viewers considering he owns Rap-a-lot records. But he has and still has many great boxers including but not limited to: Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward, Vernon Forest, Roy Jones, Jr., and Mark Johnson. He goes to bat for his clients and stays behind the scenes most of the time.

6. Al Haymon: This former concert promoter started out with Vernon Forrest but since has been with Floyd Mayweather, Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Danny Garcia and a host of other champions and top contenders. He is rarely seen in person but behind the scenes he gets deals done that make his boxers very pleased. Haymon has transcended the boxing world by forming the PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) League.

7. Butch Lewis: This manager was original to say the least and he fought for his fighters with his big mouth. He managed Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Leon and Michael Spinks for their entire careers. He showed loyalty that is not always seen in the sport of boxing. He was quite a character who played the part well and his attire was outlandish. Lewis was very controversial and he never stopped talking smack which of course made him a sought after manager in boxing.

8. Shelly Finkel: Finkel was a manager in the music industry but turned to boxing and found major success. Finkel has guided Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Mike McCallum and Pernell Whitaker just to name a few. He takes up for his fighters and he uses his experience and influence to help further his fighters careers. He took Tommy Morrison up the heavyweight rankings and although a bit of a crude he also got the most money for his fighters at the negotiating table.

9. Cameron Dunkin: Dunkin has been around the fight game for a while and he has helped develop many boxers including: Timothy Bradley, Kelly Pavlik, Nonito Donaire and Brandon Rios. Dunkin has been involved in many long negotiations that have always benefited his prizefighter. Dunkin is a straight up guy and he has a chance to move up this list with his tireless work ethic.

10. Jackie Kallen: Kallen gained invaluable experience working as Tommy Hearns and the Kronk gym publicist. She parlayed that into a great management career by leading James Toney to middleweight and super middleweight titles. She has also helped Bronco McKart gain a jr. middleweight crown. Kallen ad a film loosely based on her life in prizefighting starring Meg Ryan called "Against the Ropes".


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Manager's Job

A boxing manager manages a boxers career. He should be involved in negotiating the boxers pay for a bout and other conditions. Having a manager who cares about a fighters well being is extremely important. A promotor can not be a manager of the boxer he promotes. That was a law that was passed by The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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