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Old 12-30-2011, 06:20 AM #1
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Default Ranking Floyd Mayweather in history

I have been looking at Ring Magazines 80 best fighters of the last 80 years

I know it was published in 2002 but from a 2011 standpoint, surely Mayweather is ranked in the top 30

RM top 30:


1. Sugar Ray Robinson
2. Henry Armstrong
3. Muhammad Ali
4. Joe Louis
5. Roberto Duran
6. Willie Pep
7. Harry Greb
8. [B]Benny Leonard [/B]
9. Sugar Ray Leonard
10. Pernell Whitaker
11. Carlos Monzon
12. Rocky Marciano
13. Ezzard Charles
14. Archie Moore
15. Sandy Saddler
16. Jack Dempsey
17. Marvin Hagler
18. Julio Cesar Chavez
19. Eder Jofre
20. Alexis Arguello
21. Barney Ross
22. Evander Holyfield
23. Ike Williams
24. Salvador Sanchez
25. George Foreman
26. Kid Gavilian
27. Larry Holmes
28. Mickey Walker
29. Ruben Olivares
30. Gene Tunney

The highlighted names, to me, have not done anything worthy to be ahead of Floyd Mayweather in all time rankings.

I am not judging them by their boxing ability but what they accomplished in their era and compare it to what Mayweather has done in his

Mayweather - Five division world champion

Harry Greb - Fought 300fights or so, won middleweight and light heavyweight title.

Benny Leonard - Lightweight world champion

Rocky Marciano - 49-0 heavyweight champion

Eder Jofre - Bantamweight and featherweight world champion

Ike Williams - Lightweight champion

Gene Tunney - Heavyweight champion

Floyd Mayweather has accomplished more than these fighters.

However you want to look at it.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:29 AM #2
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RM top 30:


1. Sugar Ray Robinson
2. Henry Armstrong
3. Muhammad Ali
4. Joe Louis
5. Roberto Duran
6. Willie Pep
7. Harry Greb
8. Benny Leonard
9. Sugar Ray Leonard
10. Pernell Whitaker
11. Carlos Monzon
12. Rocky Marciano
13. Ezzard Charles
14. Archie Moore
15. Sandy Saddler
16. Jack Dempsey
17. Marvin Hagler
18. Julio Cesar Chavez
19. Eder Jofre
20. Alexis Arguello
21. Barney Ross
22. Evander Holyfield
23. Ike Williams
24. Salvador Sanchez
25. George Foreman
26. Kid Gavilian
27. Larry Holmes
28. Mickey Walker
29. Ruben Olivares
30. Gene Tunney

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There, I placed Mayweather where I think he belongs on this list. I'm sure other might disagree.
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Firstly, we can't rate his career until he's done, he might go onto to dominate both Pacquiao and Martinez so who knows, or get brutally beat down by them.

Harry Greb beat 18 World Champions and 13 Hall of Famers, some as many as 6 times. He was the premier MW and LHW in the world for a number of years and was frozen out of a HW title bout with Dempsey that many clamoured for. He also fought most of his HW bouts weighing as a LHW and a lighter LHW at that.
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Saying that I would definitely rank Mayweather over Marciano.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:31 AM #5
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greatest lightweight of all time > Floyd Mayweather.

It's not all about collecting belts. It's about who you fight and when. Mayweather is not even close to the resume of Leonard or Greb and frankly many many others.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:38 AM #6
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Harry Greb and Benny Leonard are Top 10 ATG's and have some of the premier Resume's in the History of the sport.

Floyd Mayweather isn't even on the same planet as them in terms of greatness.

Out of the other fighters you higlighted I would only rank him over Marciano.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:52 AM #7
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The thing to remember when building up modern fighters for winning X number of titles is titles are much, much more abundant nowadays. In fact you have to be a pretty poor fighter these days to not pick up a belt. Today there are about 20 weight classes with up to five champions in each (if you count the Ring). When all those others were fighting there were only eight recognised divisions with one champion in each.

I don't see any case for rating Mayweather over any of those, except perhaps Marciano.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:57 AM #8
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Fair play on Greb and Leonard. Going by what you have read or heard, but that's how fighters are ranked. Resumes not actual footage of how they fought



That is awful. ^

People, what about Jofre, Williams and Tunney
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Rank him when his career is over.
Also you should probably research boxers before just assuming that Floyd is greater then them, Floyd being greater then Greb or Leonard is laughable.

Jofre was a dominant champ in probably the strongest Bantam era ever, Imo he beat Harada both times, then after a lay off he moved up to beat a great Featherweight in Legra and then a top 5 FW in Saldivar (Although past it still good win), talent / skills wise he was often compared to Ray Robinson. You need too really study his era too know why Jofre is usually regarded as so great.

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He should be rated over Marciano, but he doesn't have a case to be ranked above the other fighters.
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