For the layman, knowledge of boxing comes from limited resources: from Raging Bull and Rocky mostly, since they star Robert de Niro and Sylvester Stallone respectively. The younger layman mostly only knows about a leery Ed Sheeran who’s in love with the shape of a boxer’s body.
But what the charlatans will never know is the thrill and the excitement that boxing fans know and love. Enjoying a boxing match in its full glory is something that comes with years of watching the sport.
Boxing existed long before Jesus did, and back in 388 B.C. the ancient Greek Olympics were all about the bloodiest boxing battles. This blog jumps forward in time, and talks about the biggest matches that have been played out in the present day boxing arena.
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao, fondly known to fans as “Pacman,” fought Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. in a historic Philippines versus the United States clash in 2015. The fight was so grand that it became known as the “fight of the century,” and the match had been decided five years in advance. It was definitely BIG, breaking financial records by millions of dollars—it is to date the priciest boxing match to have ever taken place. The figure we’re looking at is a whopping $500 million. Money won the fight and quite a lot of money, as the world watched as the two stalwarts locked horns.
Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier
No list about the greatest boxing matches in history can ever be called complete without it mentioning Muhammad Ali. Possibly the most well known boxer alive in the world, Ali clashed with Fraizer in a third installment that was dubbed the “thrilla in manila.” This 1975 match is probably the most hyped of all matches, and the competitors had been fierce rivals for many years. Ali’s signature “rope-a-dope” strategy worked in an aggressive stand, and led him to victory. The crowd cheered the legend on as Fraizer failed to answer the 15th round bell call.
Sugar Ray Leonard vs Tommy Hearns
In 1981, two of the greatest welterweights ever came face to face in one of the most memorable matches of the 20th century. 25 year old “Showdown” Leonard went head to head with an undefeated Hearns, 3 years younger to him. Hearns finally tasted defeat for the first time in his career, and Leonard became crowned the WBA and the WBC World Welterweight Champion.
Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis
He’s the “baddest man on the planet,” and he’s a figure without whose inclusion this list would remain criminally incomplete. Feared and revered, Tyson could crush his opponents on a psychological scale even before he met them in the ring. When in 2002 Tyson challenged Lennox Lewis, he was as confident as ever that he would win the IBF, IBO, and WBC World Heavyweight Belt. The much hyped match was the fourth highest grossing ever, and the result greatly disturbed Tyson fans—because Lennox took the belt how mint he decisive 8th round.
Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
Irishman Conor McGregor went against Khabib Nurmagomedov is perhaps the most iconic boxing match of the current decade. Everything about the match was hyped from start to finish, especially since Connor McGregor displayed a determined confidence about winning. Videos of McGregor drinking egregiously surfaced and made merry rounds on social media. Khabib emerged as the single most beloved boxer of the year as he soared to victory in a memorable match.
The Next Biggest Boxing Battle
On January 19th comes the biggest boxing match to begin the new year with: Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner. The most hyped and exciting match to come; fans lie in wait to watch the action packed event live. Efflux TV will be broadcasting the WBA Welterweight champion at unbelievable rates for high definition! Forget everything you knew about conventional cable and get access to 600 channels, live sports coverage, and more!