10 Best Mexican Boxers Ever
Mexico has produced many outstanding fighters throughout the years and naming the ten best Mexican boxers ever is a great privilege for every boxing fan. Here is a look at the best boxers that Mexico has to offer from the past to the present:
- Julio Cesar Chavez. He was regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world in his era. Chavez conquered three different weight divisions, to wit super featherweight, lightweight, and super lightweight, in which he reigned as a six-time world champion.
- Oscar De La Hoya. At the Barcelona Olympic Games, he won a gold medal by defeating Marco Rudolph in the lightweight division. De La Hoya collected ten world titles in six different weight divisions. Known as the Golden Boy, he generated an estimated $696 million pay-per-view profit during his active years in boxing.
- Carlos Zarate. 90 percent of his victories came by way of knockout, thus Zarate was one of the purest punchers in the bantamweight and super bantamweight classes in his time. He was the only boxer in history to record two streaks of 20 or more knockout victories in succession.
- Ruben Olivarez. He was considered by many boxing experts as the greatest bantamweight titlist of all time and earned the respect of his countrymen as Mexico's greatest fighter for an extended period of time until the triumphant rise of Julio Cesar Chavez.
- Salvador Sanchez. Many boxing writers and contemporaries of Sanchez reasoned that he could have been the greatest featherweight of all time had he not died prematurely at age 24 in a car crash. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991 after his death.
- Ricardo Lopez. "El Finito" (The Fine One), as he was known in boxing, was one of the most illustrious fighters in the lower weight classes. He made 21 successful defenses of his strawweight title. Lopez also claimed the light flyweight championship and defended it twice before he retired from boxing.
- Marco Antonio Barrera. The "Baby-Faced Assasin" fought the best boxers in his prime, such as Manny Pacquiao, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Naseem Hamed. He is a seven-time world champion in three different weight classes, videlicet super bantamweight, featherweight, and super featherweight.
- Erik Morales. "El Terrible" was the only Mexican fighter to defeat the Filipino hero Manny Pacquiao, holder of seven different titles in seven different weight divisions. He is a four-time world champion in the super bantamweight, featherweight, and junior lightweight divisions.
- Juan Manuel Marquez. He belongs in the company of Mexican great warriors in the ring with his world titles in three distinct weight classes: featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight. He is best remembered as the boxer who got up from three knockdowns in the first round and punished the multi-division Filipino titlist Manny Pacquiao in their featherweight match that resulted in a draw in 2004.
- Fernando Montiel. "Cochulito" (The Rooster) is another Mexican warrior who has multiple titles in three different weight categories, namely flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight. He breaks down his opponents with his counterpunching prowess and swift combinations. One more title for him in a higher weight class and he will be the only pure Mexican fighter to be crowned as a four-division world champion.
Mexico will continue to produce world champions in boxing because there is a constant discovery of legitimate contenders from its pool of boxers. And with that, the list of the ten best Mexican boxers ever will only get better.