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.

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21 Comments
  1. Posted November 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Great article, but in history, there were so many great fighters, it’s hard to choose who is the best. Great info.

  2. Posted November 29, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Interesting article. Well written. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Posted November 29, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I agree with CFagen. Weight class, number of KOs vs TKOs, Length of time in the sport. All relative.

  4. Posted November 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Nice Share.

    :-)

  5. Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Great analysis. I must also say that there can really be an exact comparison for these two boxers as you said that they fought in different areas and eras. For me, they’re both great in their respective style and achievements.

  6. Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:16 am

    It’s hard to pick. In terms of power and speed, Manny got it but intelligence , I go for Ali.

  7. Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:49 am

    My vote goes to Casious Clay/ Mohd. Ali.

  8. Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:19 am

    You write & analyst it very well.

  9. Posted November 30, 2010 at 3:32 am

    nice share – gj

  10. Posted November 30, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Thx for the Info

  11. Posted November 30, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Cant compare them, they both are great boxer.

  12. Posted November 30, 2010 at 7:46 am

    great share! thanks!

  13. Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    grt info

  14. Posted November 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Muhammad Ali wins hands down. I loved him and have never been a fan of boxing again. Nobody else can compare. He had the style.

  15. Posted November 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Good article. I like Ali, mostly for the rumble in the jungle fight.

  16. Posted November 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Good article. I like Ali, mostly for the rumble in the jungle fight.

  17. Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    good share thanks!

  18. Posted December 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I don’t know much about boxing but those two were both great boxers!

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  20. Posted December 4, 2010 at 9:01 am

    great share

  21. Posted December 7, 2010 at 6:31 am

    I’ve followed Ali during his entire career. His “Rope a Dope,” tactic and “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, look out folks, it’s Muhammad Ali,” captured a following like no other back in the 1960’s.

    Both men are superior boxers although, I do think that Pacquiao shows more diversity in the ring.

    Great article….I really enjoyed it!

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