Boxing is a sport that has been close to many sports fans. Its agility, precision and stances have brought one of the greatest fight shows on earth thus bringing some of the world’s greatest fighters. In all of boxing’s glory years, here are the best fighters of their generations that many consider today as famous heroes.
Muhammad Ali was dubbed as the greatest fighter of the sport 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 was named fighter of the year several times more than any other boxer there is today.
When you talk about boxing, it’s inevitable not to remember Ali’s name and what he has done for the sport. Ali’s life in the ring was full of controversies because of his unmistakable fame. First was his decision to convert into Sunni Islam and the second was his refusal of joining in on the Vietnam War. Ali wasn’t only a boxer by profession. He was also a philanthropist and a social activist.
Evander Holyfield also known as “The Real Deal” was the former Undisputed World Champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. Holyfield is the only 4-time 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 so much color and life to the world of boxing as he was able to deliver a lot of the world’s greatest bouts. His opponents were big names themselves as well. 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 latest generation. He is the first eight-division world champion. He has won six world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He was named as Fighter of the Decade and a three-time Fighter of the Year according to The Ring. Pacquiao became the world’s best pound per pound boxer within a span of seven years in the international boxing field.
Manny Pacquiao’s latest fight was with Timothy Bradley that ended his long-time no loss record in the boxing ring. According to analysts and boxing critics, the fight was one of the most unfathomable decisions in boxing’s history.