Boxing’s most dogged and opinionated observers determine the top fighters by projecting their skills against those of heavier or lighter foes via subjective “pound-for-pound” lists.
There have been fighters along the way, however, who took that responsibility upon themselves.
Though it’s much more common these days with in-between weight classes and myriad sanctioning body belts, one of the measures of greatness through the years has been whether or not a fighter could translate success at one weight into more titles up or down the weight ladder.
And while it’s true that simply dominating one division and never leaving it is no vice—particularly among heavyweights—some of those viewed as the best fighters of all time at lighter weights have shown their stuff against challengers of all shapes and sizes.
Click through to take a look at the bodies of work of those we’ve judged to be the 10 best, in terms of the impressions left by their weight-class journeys.