Everlasting Greatness

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Matt Hamilton: The Media Shakedown Coming Straight Outta Cape Town.

In Search of the Undisputed Roll Call of Boxing Greatness

Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.
― Judy Garland

TIME Magazine Ali Frazier

The Ali-Frazier Trilogy showed the debt greatness owes to her peers in attaining its potential. Photo courtesy of TIME Magazine.

I used to walk down the street like I was a fucking star… I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be – and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth.
― Lady Gaga

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.
― Elbert Hubbard

Bolded indicated consensus Top 12 picks.

Bert Randolph Sugar’s Top 12 of All-Time (taken from his List of 100)

1. Sugar Ray Robinson
2. Henry Armstrong
3. Wille Pep
4. Joe Louis
5. Harry Greb
6. Benny Leonard
7. Muhammad Ali
8. Roberto Duran
9. Jack Dempsey
10. Jack Johnson
11. Mickey Walker
12. Tony Canzoneri

When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.
― Walter Payton

Ring Magazine’s 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years

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

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
― William ShakespeareTwelfth Night

Matt Hamilton on Boxing @ ESNewsReporting.com’s All-Time Top 12 (29 June 2012)

  1. Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6-2)
  2. Sugar Ray Robinson (173-19-6)
  3. Henry Armstrong (149-21-10)
  4. Benny Leonard (91-5-1) (185-19-10 including newspaper decisions)
  5. Harry Greb (104-8-3) (260-20-17 with newspaper decisions)
  6. Willie Pep (229-11-1)*
  7. Gene Tunney (81-1-2)*
  8. Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2)*
  9. Marvin Hagler (62-3-2)
  10. Roberto Duran (103-16-0)
  11. Joe Louis (66-3-0)
  12. Muhammad Ali (56-5-0)
* Updated from March 12, 2012 list.
Good and great are seldom in the same man.
― Winston Churchill

Boxrec.com Computerized Ranking All-Time Pound-for-Pound List

1. Archie Moore
2. Sugar Ray Robinson
3. Muhammad Ali
4. Joe Louis
5. Ezzard Charles
6. Sam Langford
7. Carlos Monzon
8. Carlos Ortiz
9. Dick Tiger
10. Tony Canzoneri
11. Henry Armstrong
12. Harry Greb

Greatness is a property for which no man can receive credit too soon; it must be possessed long before it is acknowledged.
― Ralph Waldo EmersonSelf Reliance

Bleacher Report’s The 100 Greatest Pound for Pound Boxers of All-Time

  1. Sugar Ray Robinson
  2. Henry Armstrong
  3. Willie Pep
  4. Joe Louis
  5. Muhammad Ali
  6. Benny Leonard
  7. Roberto Duran
  8. Jack Dempsey
  9. Jack Johnson
  10. Sam Langford
  11. Harry Greb
  12. Joe Gans
I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.
― John Keats