Boxing, by its very nature, cultivates attitude.
As one of a select group of sports in which combatants are matched one-on-one—and an even more select group in which those combatants are asked to be violent while securing victory—it caters to those with a healthy level of self-assurance.
And when that self-assurance meets an outspoken nature, cockiness flows forth.
The modern art of cockiness was perfected in the 1960s by a young Muhammad Ali, who charmed some and infuriated others while bridging a gap between athlete and performer and becoming the world’s most famous person.
Few would argue that no one’s reached Ali’s level since he left the main stage, but that doesn’t mean the sport is barren when it comes to guys mixing outside showmanship with in-ring acumen.
Read on for our view of the cockiest fighters going today.