Most Influential Figures in Boxing History

In the world of boxing, there have been many greats. But who has beaten the most world champions? Let’s take a look at some of the most influential figures in boxing history.

Sugar Ray Robinson- Considered the Greatest Boxer of all Time, he Holds the Record for the Most Title Defenses in the History of the Sport.

Sugar Ray Robinson was an American professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965. He is widely considered to be the greatest boxer of all time, and he holds the record for the most title defenses in the history of the sport.

Robinson’s career spanned 25 years and saw him compete in 200 professional fights. He fought in tune-up matches and exhibition bouts, as well as world title fights and non-title fights. He retired with a record of 175–19–6 with 108 knockouts.

Robinson’s achievements in the sport are numerous. In addition to holding the record for the most title defenses, he is also credited with popularizing the jab and developing the art of combination punching. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Muhammad Ali- One of the Most Recognizable Sports Figures of the 20th Century, he is Also one of the Greatest Heavyweight Champions of all Time.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali started training as a boxer when he was 12 years old. After turning professional in 1960, he compiled a record of 19-0 with 15 knockouts before defeating Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight championship in 1964. He changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam and forfeited his title after refusing to be drafted into the military during the Vietnam War. He regained the heavyweight title twice more during his career and remains the only three-time lineal champion of the heavyweight division. In 1999, The Associated Press voted him “Sportsman of the Century.” Along with world-renowned boxing promoter Don King, Ali helped bring iconic fights like “The Rumble in the Jungle” (1974) and “The Thrilla in Manila” (1975) to a global audience. In 1996, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which slowly robbed him of his physical abilities and public appearances. Following his death on June 3, 2016 at age 74, tributes poured in from around the world for one of the most beloved and recognizable sports figures of the 20th century.

George Foreman- a Two-Time Heavyweight Champion, he is best Known for his Upset of then-Undefeated Muhammad Ali in 1974.

George Foreman is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1969 to 1997. In a career that spanned almost three decades, he was a world heavyweight champion twice, an Olympic gold medalist, and has been credited with having beaten more reigning world champions than any other boxer.

As an amateur, Foreman won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Turning professional shortly afterward, he compiled a string of knockout wins that culminated in a second-round knockout of then-undefeated boxing icon Muhammad Ali in 1974, which earned him the lineal and undisputed heavyweight titles. He lost these titles in 1980 to Ali in their highly publicized “Rumble in the Jungle” fight. After two more losses against Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick, Foreman retired from boxing for 10 years and worked as a commentator for HBO’s boxing coverage.

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In 1984, he made a comeback and regained the heavyweight title by defeating Pinklon Thomas via unanimous decision. He then lost these titles against Evander Holyfield by KO in 1991. Following his loss to Holyfield, Foreman went on another retirement until 1997, when he defeated Michael Moorer to win the WBA (Super) and IBF titles, making him at age 45 the oldest heavyweight champion ever. He lost these titles immediately thereafter to Shannon Briggs.

Foreman has been inducted into both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Foreman has also had success as an entrepreneur outside of boxing; his George Foreman Grill is one of the most successful infomercial products of all time.

Manny Pacquiao- the only Eight-Division World Champion in Boxing History, he is Also the First and Only Boxer to win Major World Titles in Four Different Decades.

Manny Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Philippines. As a young man, he moved to Manila to pursue a career in boxing. He quickly rose through the ranks, winning his first world title in 1998.

Over the next two decades, Manny Pacquiao became one of the most influential figures in boxing history. He has fought in a record-setting 29 world championship fights, winning 26 of them. He has beaten some of the biggest names in boxing, including Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and Shane Mosley. In 2015, he was voted by The Ring magazine as the 5th greatest fighter of the past 25 years.

Manny Pacquiao’s achievements go beyond the boxing ring. In 2010, he was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. He has also been involved in various philanthropic endeavors, setting up a foundation to help underprivileged children in his home country.

There is no doubt that Manny Pacquiao is one of the most influential figures in boxing history. His accomplishments inside and outside the ring have made him an inspiration to people all over the world.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Considered one of the Greatest Boxers of all Time, he is Unbeaten in his Professional Career and has won Fifteen World Titles.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He competed between 1996 and 2015, and made a one-fight comeback in 2017. During his career, he held multiple world titles at welterweight and super welterweight and is considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time. Mayweather was born with his mother’s maiden name, which he inherited from his maternal grandfather, Floyd Mayweather Sr.

As of July 2019, BoxRec ranks Mayweather as the greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound, while The Ring magazine ranked him the seventh greatest ever. Mayweather is often referred to as the best defensive boxer in history, as well as being rated as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time. Many sporting news and boxing websites including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, Yahoo! Sports,, BoxRec and The Ring have named Mayweather as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world twice in a row with some declaring him to be the greatest ever.

Oscar De La Hoya- a Ten-Time World Champion in six Different Weight Classes, he is Also the top pay-per-view Attraction in Boxing History.

Oscar De La Hoya (born February 4, 1971), is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2008. He won multiple world titles in six different weight classes, including the lineal title in three weight classes. He is ranked as the 11th best boxer of all time, pound for pound, by BoxRec. De La Hoya was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, in 2014.

De La Hoya’s amateur career included 234 wins, 163 by knockout, with only six losses. Of those six losses, two came at the hands of Shane Mosley. He won national Golden Gloves championships in 1989 and 1990; his winning streak stood at 159 as a professional boxer.

Julio Cesar Chavez- a Mexican Icon and Former World Champion Boxer, he is Widely Considered one of the Greatest Boxers of all Time.

Held the world title in three weight classes, defeated seventeen world champions, and retired undefeated as a professional boxer. Chavez is also ranked as the greatest South American professional boxer of all time.

Bernard Hopkins- a Former World Champion in Two Weight Classes, he is the Oldest Boxer in History to win a World Title.

Bernard Hopkins is a former world champion in two weight classes, and is the oldest boxer in history to win a world title. He has beaten more world champions in boxing than any other fighter, with a total of 12 wins against world champions. Hopkins was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2018.

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Who has Beaten the Most World Champions in Boxing

There is no definitive answer to this question as it largely depends on how you define a “world champion”. However, according to most boxing experts, the fighter who has beaten the most world champions is Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao has an impressive record of 62 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws, with 39 of his wins coming by knockout. He has fought and beat some of the biggest names in boxing, including Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley.

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