Record: 173-19-6, 108 KO
Years Active: 1940-1965
Championships: World Welterweight, World Middleweight (5X)
Sugar Ray Robinson is credited with being the reason for the creation of the mythical pound-for-pound rankings that today occupy so much of the debate and discussion that goes on in the boxing world.
Robinson's run is truly remarkable. He was undefeated as an amateur fighter, winning all 85 of his fights, and wasn't defeated until he faced Jake LaMotta in his 41st pro fight. That's a stretch of 126 straight victories and would be unheard of today.
Robinson won the welterweight title in 1946 and held on to it until he jumped to middleweight and took the title there from LaMotta, avenging the earlier defeat.
Sugar Ray spent two-and-a-half years in retirement after failing in his attempt to capture the light heavyweight title from Joey Maxim in 1952. When he returned, he once again captured the middleweight title, something he'd do five times in his illustrious career.
Reading Sugar Ray Robinson's record, you'd think you stumbled into a who's who of fighters during this era. And this era was on par with, and probably superior to, any in boxing history.
He fought, and beat, literally everyone.
Jake LaMotta, Carmen Basilio, Gene Fullmer, Randy Turpin, Carl "Bobo" Olson, Henry Armstrong, Rocky Graziano, Kid Gavilan.
Robinson beat them all, and he did it with speed, a tremendous jab and power in both hands. There wasn't a punch in the arsenal he couldn't throw and throw with bad intentions.
There will never be another like him.