Boxing's Best Southpaw Fighters of All Time
1. Pernell Whitaker: "Sweet Pea" won a Gold medal in the Olympics and he retired with a record of 40 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw and 17 knockouts. Whitaker won titles in 4 different weight classes and was at the top of the pound for pound list for nearly a decade. His defense and beautiful southpaw jab beat Roger Mayweather, Buddy Mcgirt, Greg Haugen and many others. Whitaker rarely even lost rounds during his contests and the way he slipped and dodged punches was simply astonishing. What a legendary ring general Whitaker was and so dominant even against world class prizefighters.
2. Manny Pacquiao: "Pacman" has won Championships in a record 8 weight divisions. He is the hardest punching southpaw ever with knockout wins over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales(twice) and Marco Antonio Barrera. His southpaw jab is very fast and accurate and some say it hurts like a power shot does. He used the stick from odd angles and also he does a fantastic job of hooking off the jab with his hard right hook.
3. Marvin Hagler: "Marvelous Marvin" was one of the best middleweights ever, holding the Championship from 1980-1987 beating among others Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Vito Antefermo and John Mugabi. He used a hard, punished pole of a jab to break his opponents down and to set up his hard right hand. He was adept at brawling on the inside or scoring one- two combo's from a distance. Hagler used his stance, jab, power, iron chin and will to defend the 160 pound world championship 12 times.
4. Carmen Basilio: Basilio was a two time Welterweight Champion and a former Middleweight Champion. His final record was 56 wins, 16 losses, 7 draws and 27 knockouts and he beat among others the great Sugar Ray Robinson, Johnny Saxton and Tony De Marco for Championship belts. Basilio was a crude boxer but, he had remarkable stamina and will to make up for any shortcomings he may have had.
5. Joe Calzaghe: Calzaghe is perhaps the U.K.s best ever fighter along with Lennox Lewish and one if not the best Super Middleweight ever. Super Joe was Champion for just over ten years and defended the crown 21 times. He retired with a perfect record of 46-0 with 32 knockouts. Among others he beat Chris Eubank, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr.
6. Naseem Hamed: "The Prince" retired with a Featherweight record of 36 wins, 1 loss and 31 knockouts. He was Featherweight King from 1995-2000 and made 15 successful defenses of his title before suffering his only career defeat to the great Marco Antonio Barrera. Hamed hit hard and he threw shots from all sorts of odd angles which made him extremely hard to prepare for.
Hector Camacho: "Macho Camacho" had a record of 79 wins, 6 losses, 3 draws and 38 knockouts. Camacho won belts in the Jr. Lightweight, Lightweight and Jr. Welterweight divisions. He lost to greats like Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya but he has wins over Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez, an aging Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran and Cornelious Boza Edwards lost on points to Southpaw speed demon Camacho.
8. Tiger Flowers: Flowers is the first ever African American Middleweight Champion and he beat the great Harry Greb for the title. His final record was 136 wins, 15 losses, 8 draws and 56 knockouts. Flowers fought legendary boxers such as Mike Mctigue, Sam Langford and Mickey Walker. Flowers had power but also finesse at times and he knew how to use his unorthodox style to his advantage,
9. Winky Wright: Ronald Wright finished his career with a record of 51 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw and 25 knockouts. He was a three time Junior Middleweight Champion who beat Felix Trinidad, Sugar Shane Mosley twice and Bronco McKart during his career as a defensive stylist. Wright His right jab was very accurate ands it was his main weapon on offense and it was fast and he used it well to the head and body.
10. Antonio Tarver: "The Magic Man" is still an active Cruiserweight boxer with a record of 29 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw and 20 knockouts. He was a 4 time Light Heavyweight Champion who knocked out pound for pound king Roy Jones for the the 175 pound world championship. . He also beat Jones again, Glen Johnson, Eric Harding and Danny Green during his professional career. Tarver used a hard, accurate right jab to set up his one hitter quitter of a left.
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Pernell Whitaker was a left handed master boxer with an amazing defense. His jab, body attack, slippery reflexes and defense made him a gold medalist in the Olympics and a four division world champion in professional boxing.
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