Manny Pacquiao and The 25 Best Southpaws Of All Time (With Video)

Tyler CurtisAnalyst IDecember 1, 2010

Manny Pacquiao and The 25 Best Southpaws Of All Time (With Video)

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    Manny Pacquiao is in the midst of an all-time great run and is really putting his name in the ring as far as all-time greats go.

    I don't think he is close to the top of that list but he may be close to the top of the list as far as greatest southpaws go.

    This isn't an easy list to crack either as you will see. There are some all-time great fighters on this list and some fighters that you may have never heard of.

    This list features hall of fame fighters, champions, and fighters that were at the top of their division for years at a time.

    So lets kick off the list of the 25 best southpaw fighters.

#25: Andrew Ganigan (34-5 30 KO)

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    Ganigan was a good fighter but could never got to the top and win that elusive title. He was known for his big punch and was named the as the 97th greatest puncher ever.

    He won the NABF and defended it twice before losing it. He won the NABF title again and defended it once more. His biggest win was a second round knockout of Sean O'Grady that netted him the WAA lightweight title.

    He fought for the WBC title against the legendary Alexis Arguello but lost. He had Arguello down in the first round but was knocked out in the fifth.

#24: Ayub Kalule (46-4 23 KO)

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    The Ugandan fighter turned pro in 1976 and was the British Empire middleweight champion two years later.

    He then traveled yo Japan to face undefeated Japanese fighter Masashi Kudo. He beat him by a very wide unanimous decision and claimed the WBA world light middleweight champion.

    He defended his title four times before losing it to the great "Sugar" Ray Leonard. He lost in attempt to regain the title from Davey Moore but later won the EBU middleweight title.

    Kalule is the black fighter in the clip above.

#23: Rolando Navarrete (54-15-3 31 KO)

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    Navarrete briefly held the WBC super featherweight title which he won from fellow great southpaw Cornelius Boza Edwards via KO-5.

    He only defended it one time before he lost to another fellow great southpaw in Bazooka Limon. He also held the NABF super featherweight title and the Philippines Game and Amusement Board (GAB) bantamweight title.

#22: Maurice Hope (30-4-1 24 KO)

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    We stay with unknown fighters who fought in the light middleweight division. Hope won the BBBofC, British Empire, EBU, and WBC light middleweight titles.

    He defended the title three times before losing the title to the great Wilfred Benitez.

#21: Rafael Limon (52-23-2 38 KO)

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    Limon was a two-time champion in the super featherweight division. He was known for his wild swinging style that included letting his opponents wail away on his iron jaw.

    He was best known for his rivalry against Bobby Chacon. He went 1-1-1 against him and some historians say this is one of the best rivalries ever. 

    He may have 23 losses, but he lost to some of the greatest fighters of his era.

#20: Frankie Liles (32-3 19 KO)

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    Liles was a very successful super middleweight champion from Syracuse, N.Y. He held the title from 1992-1999.

    In that time he defended his title seven times against the likes of fellow southpaw great Michael Nunn and Jaffa Ballogou. He also won the NABF title in his career.

#19: Reggie Johnson (44-7-1 25 KO)

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    Johnson was a very good fighter that usually failed when he took on the best. He won the WBA intercontinental, USBA, and WBA middleweight titles.

    He moved up in weight to capture the NABA, USBA, and IBF light heavyweight title. He has losses to James Toney, John David Jackson, Jorge Fernando Castro (2x), Roy Jones Jr., and Antonio Tarver.

#18: John David Jackson (36-4 20 KO)

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    Jackson was a two-division champion as he held the WBO light middleweight title and the WBA middleweight title.

    His best win was over fellow southpaw fighter Reggie Johnson. He was also involved in the 1994 Fight of The Year when he was knocked out by Jorge Fernando Castro in the ninth round.

#17: Prince Naseem Hamed (36-1 31 KO)

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    Hamed is one of the greatest featherweight fighters to ever lace up the gloves. He won the EBU bantamweight title and WBC international super bantamweight title.

    He then moved up and won the WBO, IBF, and IBO featherweight titles. His best wins included Kevin Kelley, Wilfredo Vazquez, Wayne McCullough, and Augie Sanchez.

    A lot of people don't like him but you can't deny he is one of the best southpaws ever.

#16: Winky Wright (51-5-1 25 KO)

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    Not only is Winky one of the best southpaws ever but he is one of the best defensive fighters ever. He wasn't always exciting, but he was a very good fighter.

    He won the NABF, USBA, WBO, WBA and IBF titles at light middleweight and defended the WBO title three times before losing it.

    He defended the IBF title fives times and won the WBA title when he beat Shane Mosley. He also beat Mosley in a rematch.

    Many will argue that his draw with Jermain Taylor for the WBC and WBO middleweight titles should be a win. He also has a win over Felix "Tito" Trinidad and Ike Quartey.

#15: Cornelius Boza Edwards (45-7-1 34 KO)

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    Boza Edwards was a very good fighter but fell short in his biggest fights. He was the WBC super featherweight champion but only defended it one time before losing it to a fellow southpaw.

    He lost to Alexis Arguello, Rocky Lockridge, Bobby Chacon and Rolando Navarrete.

#14: Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2 38 KO)

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    This is going to cause a stink but I believe this is where he goes and this may even be a little high. Pacquiao is a great fighter but in the end he falls very short of the best.

    He has won titles at flyweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, welterweight, and light middleweight.

    He has a lot of good wins and has time to improve his standing and depending on where he goes from here he may do just that.

#13: Hector Camacho (79-6-3 38 KO)

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    This is a tale of a fighter that could of have been much much greater. Camacho was a great talent but underachieved his whole career.

    He won titles at the super featherweight, lightweight, and light welterweight. He has wins over Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Vinny Paz, Ray Mancini, Edwin Rosario, and Jose Luis Ramirez.  

#12: Laszlo Papp (27-0-2 15 KO)

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    Papp is the one of three fighters on this list that didn't win a title in the pro ranks. He did however win three Olympic Gold Medals and two European Amateur Medals.

    The reason he didn't win a title is that he never got the chance to do so. He lived in communist Hungary and they didn't let him leave the country to fight for a title.

    Regardless of what he did in the pro ranks he is still one of the best southpaws ever.

#11: Young Corbett III (123-11-17 33 KO)

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    Corbett won the world welterweight title and chased after the middleweight title after losing his title to hall of fame fighter Jimmy McLarnin.

    He has wins over Young Jack Thompson (3-0-1), Jackie Fields, Ceferino Garcia, Gus Lesnevich, Mickey Walker, Billy Conn, and Fred Apostoli.

    He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.

#10: Daniel Zaragoza (55-8-3 28 KO)

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    Zaragoza won titles in the bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions. He won the WBC super bantamweight title by knocking out fellow hall of fame fighter Carlos Zarate.

    He defended the title four times before losing it in a upset loss. He regained the WBC title two fights later and defended it two times.

    In 1995 he became the oldest super bantamweight champion at 36 years and 11 months. He defended it four times and handed Wayne McCullough his first loss in that span.

    He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.

#9: Freddie Miller (210-32-8-2 45 KO)

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    He won the featherweight title and beat a lot of good fighters in his career. He didn't have a big punch but still racked up over 200 wins.

#8: Khaosai Galaxy (49-1 43 KO)

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    Galaxy is one of the hardest punchers ever no matter what weight class you are talking about. He won the WBA super flyweight and defended it 19 times with 16 knockout victories.

    He only fought in Asia and was an unknown quantity for a long time in America. He was nicknamed The Thai Tyson for his devastating punch and was named the 19th hardest puncher by The Ring.

    He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.

#7: Duilio Loi (115-3-8 26 KO)

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    Loi won the European lightweight and welterweight title along with the junior welterweight world title. He holds two wins over the great Carlos Ortiz along with one loss.

    He also beat hall of fame fighter Eddie Perkins. Loi was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame himself in 2005.

#6: Flash Elorde (88-27-2 33 KO)

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    Elorde was the original Manny Pacquiao.He was a hero in the Philippines and is considered one of the best fighters to come from there.

    He was the a super featherweight champion and held minor titles in the lightweight division. He beat the likes of Sandy Saddler and Harold Gomes.

    He won the title against Gomes and defended it 10 times before losing it. He held the title for seven years and three months which made him the longest reigning world junior lightweight champion.

    He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993 and was the first Asian to receive the honor.

#5: Tiger Flowers (136-15-8-2 56 KO)

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    Flowers was the first African-American middleweight champion and shared the ring with many all-time-greats.

    He fought Sam Langford, Kid Norfolk, Mickey Walker, Mike McTigue, and Harry Greb. He won the title from the great Greb and beat him again in the rematch.

    He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.

#4: Lew Tendler (135-15-9-13 39 KO)

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    Tendler is one of the best southpaw fighters ever and has the endorsement of Nat Fleischer. He fought the best fighters in four different weight classes but never won the title.

    Most people agree that his downfall was fighting in the same era as Benny Leonard. He lost to Leonard twice in lightweight title fights and fought Mickey Walker for the for the welterweight title but loss.

    He would be number one if he had won that title. I just can't put a fighter without a title at the number one spot.

    He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.

#3: Vicente Saldivar (37-3 26 KO)

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    Saldivar was a two-time WBC featherweight champion and also held the WBA title. He owns wins over Ismael Laguna, Sugar Ramos, Raul Rojas, and Jose Legra.

    His first reign lasted three years which saw him make eight successful defenses. His second reign was much shorter as it only lasted seven months.

    He was well known for his stamina (seven knockouts after the seventh round), body attack, and the fact he could brawl or box.

    He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.

#2: Marvin Hagler (62-3-2 52 KO)

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    This was a tough call, but Hagler sits at number two. He held the WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight titles and held the WBC/WBA titles for six years.

    He was the IBF champion for three years. He has wins over Alan Minter, Vito Antuofermo, Roberto Duran, Thomas Herans and John Mugabi.

    His last fight was a hotly debated loss to Sugar Ray Leonard that many to this day feel he won. His war with Hearns is considered one of the best fights ever.

    In 1993 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

#1: Pernell Whitaker (40-4-1-1 17 KO)

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    There isn't much debate for this one as Whitaker is hands down one of the best pure boxers ever. He held titles in the lightweight, light welterweight, and welterweight division.

    He has wins over Roger Mayweather, Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez, Azumah Nelson, James McGirt (2x), Julio Cesar Vazquez, and Wilfredo Rivera (2x).

    His draw with Julio Cesar Chavez is hotly debated and many (myself included) think he handed the Mexican great his first loss.

    His loss to Oscar De La Hoya is also disputed as many thought he did enough to get the win. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.