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Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

With the growth of Mixed Martial Arts, specifically the UFC and Bellator, this sport's increasing popularity has diminished the interest in professional boxing in a profound way.

#10 Thomas Hearns - Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

I can hardly believe that the “Hitman” Thomas Hearns will turn 61 in October. It just seems like yesterday that he and Sugar Ray Leonard put on a battle for the ages in one of the greatest fights in the history of boxing.

#9 Rocky Marciano - Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

Since Floyd Mayweather has not yet officially retired, his 50-0 record can not be put into the books yet as a retired champion who never lost. For now, that belongs to Rocky Marciano who retired at 49-0.

#8 Roberto Duran - Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

Mentioned in the Thomas Hearns conversation was his KO of Roberto Duran. That loss came much later in the career of “manos de piedra” (“hands of stone”) Duran.

#7 Carlos Monzon - Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

Unless you are in your 60’s or a boxing historian like me, the name Carlos Monzon might be a mystery to you. Let me introduce you to perhaps the greatest middleweight ever.

#6 Marvin Hagler - Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

Marvin Nathaniel Hagler happened to be my favorite boxer when I was growing up following boxing closely. I think I liked Hagler because of his mean mug, and a bald head that made him look menacing.

#5 Jack Dempsey - Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

We’ve reached the top five scariest boxers of all time and this calls for traveling back in time to the early 1900s and visiting “The Manassa Mauler.”

#4 Sonny Liston - Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

Known as “The Big Bear,” Sonny Liston was an early version of George Foreman. Big, nasty, mean, and complete with power.

#3 Joe Louis - Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

When it comes to talking about the greatest boxer ever in the heavyweight division, it almost always boils down to Muhammad Ali or Joe Louis.

#2 George Foreman - Top 10 of Boxing’s Most Terrifying Fighters

Down to two fighters and the top two are arguably the scariest boxers in any division at any time in boxing’s long history. George Foreman knew as “Big George” was just that…BIG.