- Mayweather and Pacquiao have been ranked as the top 2 greatest boxers of all time
- However, other boxing greats like Tyson and Holyfield were excluded
- Legends like Rocky Marciano and Roberto Duran also missed the cut
For many Filipinos, it would be hard to imagine a list of the world’s boxing greats without Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao’s name.
Just recently, sports website BoxRec, dubbed as the ‘Boxing’s Official Record Keeper’ has ranked the world’s top ten greatest of all time, which includes the Filipino boxing icon-turned-politician and his arch-nemesis, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., as the cream of the crop.
Unexpectedly, however, another boxing legend, ‘Iron Mike’ Tyson, was left out.
BoxRec’s list is topped by ‘Money’ Mayweather, the undefeated American champion with an unblemished record of 50-0-0.
He is followed in second place by Pacman with 62 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws; with 39 wins via knockout. The eight-time world division champion is the only active boxer in the list.
In May 2, 2015, the two fighters met at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in what has been billed as the ‘Fight of the Century’ and ‘The Battle for Greatness’.
After the final bell rang in the 12th round, Mayweather was declared the victor via unanimous decision to remain unbeaten. Speculations of a possible rematch between the two continued to swirl for months but never really materialized.
Tyson, Holyfield left out
While many were convinced Mayweather is a shoo-in in the list, some have questioned the absence of other boxing greats like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield from the list. Also missing in the top ten were the names of legendary fighters like Rocky Marciano and Roberto Duran.
BoxRec gave no explanation how the boxers were ranked or why some names were nowhere to be seen.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News, boxing analyst Ed Tolentino said the ranking may have been based only on statistics and do not include the ‘intangibles’.
“The intangibles were apparently not given due consideration . . . BoxRec went for the stats, and that’s why its rankings came out a bit flat,” explained Tolentino.
He also believes it is ‘wrong’ to include an active fighter like Pacquiao in the the all-time list since the latter’s career is not yet over and there is always a possibility that his ranking will change or possibly go up.
BoxRec’s complete list:
- Floyd Mayweather (50-0-0)
- Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2)
- Carlos Monzon (87-3-9)
- Muhammad Ali (56-5-0)
- Sugar Ray Robinson (174-19-6)
- Bernard Hopkins (55-8-2)
- Joe Louis (66-3-0)
- Archie Moore (186-23-10)
- Oscar De La Hoya (39-6-0)
- Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6-2)