Muhammad Ali or Manny Pacquiao, Who is The Greatest Boxer of All Time?
Muhammad Ali and Manny Pacquiao are perhaps two of the greatest boxers of all time. Who is the better boxer between them?
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Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Carlos Monzon, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns and Roberto Duran and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are names that made boxing popular. However two names stand out from the rest of other boxing greats. They are Muhammad Ali and Manny Pacquiao. For me they are two of the greatest boxers of all time. But who is better between them?
Muhammad Ali started his career as an amateur boxer winning the gold medal in Light Heavyweight Division in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. His first Heavyweight Championship fight was in 1964 against Sonny Liston. Ali who was formerly known as Cassius Clay won the fight by TKO when Liston failed to answer the bell for the opening of the 7th round. In their rematch Ali knocked out Liston in first round.
After the Liston fight he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Despite his outstanding career he put himself in an uneasy situation by associating himself with controversial figures and group such as Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam.
During the Viet Nam War Ali was drafted to serve in the army, but he refused to report for duty citing religious reason and his opposition to the war. Ali was indicted, found guilty and stripped of his title in 1967.
The almost four years layoff from boxing had taken its toll on Ali’s prowess as a boxer. Despite his previous victories against tough opponents Jerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena, Ali was beaten by Joe Frazier after the 15 rounds. A knock down in the final rounds enabled Frazier to gain the nod of the referees. It was Ali’s first professional loss in his career. Ali later had two more classic fights with Frazier winning both of them, the third and the last fight was via TKO when Frazier was not able to answer the bell at the 15th round.
Ali won one of the biggest upsets in boxing history in 1974 against the fearsome George Foreman. Before the fight almost nobody believed that Ali stood a chance of winning against him. Ali was previously defeated by Frazier and had a life-and-death like fight against Ken Norton who broke his jaw in the fight. Foreman defeated both Frazier and Norton in a devastating fashion. He knocked down Frazier 6 times inside two rounds in route to a resounding TKO victory. He also knocked out Norton in just two rounds.