Boxing is a sport that has been close to many sports fans. His agility, precision and stances brought one of the greatest fighting shows in the world, bringing together some of the greatest fighters in the world. In all of boxing’s glory years, here are the best fighters of their generations who many consider famous heroes today.
Muhammad Ali has been dubbed the sport’s greatest fighter in history. He was indeed a boxing legend. During his time, he was able to beat all the heavyweight boxers making the era called the golden years of heavyweight boxing. He has been named Fighter of the Year several times more than any other boxer today.
When it comes to boxing, it is inevitable not to remember Ali’s name and what he did for the sport. Ali’s life in the ring was full of controversy due to his undoubted fame. The first was his decision to convert to Sunni Islam and the second was his refusal to participate in the Vietnam War. Ali was not just a professional boxer. He was also a philanthropist and social activist.
Evander Holyfield, also known as “The Real Deal”, was the former undisputed world champion in the heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. Holyfield is the only quadruple world heavyweight champion, winning the WBA, WBC and IBF titles in 1990, the WBA and IBF titles in 1993 and the WBA title in 1996 and 2000.
Holyfield has given the boxing world so much color and life that he has been able to deliver many of the greatest fights in the world. His opponents were also big names. Holyfield was able to fight with men like Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe.
Manny Pacquiao is the most famous boxer of the last generation. He is the first world champion in eight divisions. He won six world titles, as well as the first to win the linear championship in four different weight classes. He has been named Fighter of the Decade and three-time Fighter of the Year by The Ring. Pacquiao became the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer in the space of seven years in international boxing.
Manny Pacquiao’s last fight was with Timothy Bradley who ended his longtime lossless record in the boxing ring. According to boxing analysts and critics, the fight was one of the most unfathomable decisions in boxing history.