Erik Morales: The first Mexican boxer to win world titles in four different weight classes, “El Terrible” defeated 15 world champions, including Barrera, Junior Jones, Daniel Zaragoza, Paulie Ayala and Kevin Kelley.
So what better time than Cinco De Mayo to feature the resulting Top 12 list? Vicente Saldivar: One of the greatest southpaws in boxing history, “Zurdo de Oro” owns victories over Ismael Laguna, Sugar Ramos, Howard Winstone and Jose Legra. Known in years past as "Sin City" and "Babylon on the St. Lawrence", it saw more than its share of ring legends over the decades. Pops. On May 5, 2020 A while back your preferred kick-ass boxing website had a special week on Mexican pugilists called “Mexican Style” and part of it was a spirited debate regarding just who are the best Mexican boxers of all-time. Alberto “Baby” Arizmendi: With wins over the great Henry Armstrong and closely contested bouts against the likes of Tony Canzoneri, Chalky Wright, Lou Ambers, Sammy Angott and Freddie Miller, there’s no doubt this featherweight world champion is a true “Mexican Style” legend. Miguel Canto: Regarded as one of the greatest flyweight champions in boxing history, Canto took the title from Shoji Oguma in 1975 and proceeded to notch fourteen title defenses, defeating the likes of Betulio Gonzalez, Lupe Madera, Martin Vargas and Antonio Avelar. And at 40, he remains the top active boxer from Mexico. A slick, defensively gifted boxer, he scored only fifteen stoppages in 61 career wins. A metropolis where hundreds of young warriors train and battle each day in its many gyms, it is where Archie Moore, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Bernard Hopkins all found greatness. That’s a bad-ass video of Sanchez. Technique and versatility. I had a sparring partner who went the distance with Julio Cesar Chavez…and as I scrolled down the page with nary a mention of Salvador Sanchez…until getting to the final but best call of number one…great stuff!
Salvador Sanchez: A fatal car accident cut short the career of Sanchez, but during his brief time at the top he established himself as an all-time great, scoring a series of convincing wins, including victories over fellow Hall of Famers Danny Lopez, Wilfredo Gomez and Azumah Nelson.
He lost 11 matches in his career. † indicates foreigner-born boxer that represents Mexico due to parent's nationality, residence or other circumstances. I can see why he is at number one. Chava is one of my favorite fighters: stamina, ring generalship, power, ring smarts…. † indicates Mexican-born boxer that represents another nation. I have always said: Sanchez’s versatility in the ring made him the greatest Mexican fighter and the greatest featherweight of all time. He totally deserves to be in the hall of fame and to be mentioned with the greatest bantamweight ever. He was one of the best ever. 3. It is a city of fights and fighters, of hockey and heroes, of broken dreams and immortal glory, a city unlike any other.
Marco Antonio Barrera: A true Mexican warrior, “El Barreta” won world titles in three different weight classes, coming back from defeat to assert his greatness with wins over Kennedy McKinney, Naseem Hamed, Paulie Ayala, Erik Morales, Kevin Kelley and Johnny Tapia. His battle with Sixto Escobar in 1934 is considered the very first chapter in the legendary Mexico vs Puerto Rico rivalry. Juan Manuel Marquez (Painting by Damien Burton). His decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2005 is one of the greatest wins ever by a Mexican fighter. 9.
11. Canelo will be right there as well one day. 8. One “win” with four seconds left?
4. Pep was the first featherweight champion in the world and has been the finest boxer of his time. 5. Chavez is regarded by most as the greatest ever. Julio Cesar Chavez: Boasting 107 wins with 86 knockouts, “El César del Boxeo” dominated his era, defeating a long list of champions including Edwin Rosario, Tony Lopez, Greg Haugen, Roger Mayweather and Meldrick Taylor.
† indicates foreign boxer of Mexican heritage that doesn't represent Mexico. At number 4 in this list of top 10 good looking boxers 2020, we have Lucas Martin Matthysse.This is one of Argentine’s very best boxers and one of the greatest in the world as well. Chavez was the best Mexican fighter ever. This might be saying a lot but I believe he could have given any bantamweight in the history of boxing a tough match. Canelo Alvarez takes the top spot into a new decade. Based on his most recent performances, the four-division world champion remains near the top of his game. Another “win” when Sweet Pea whipped him?