Five boxers with a greater legacy than Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr., celebrates his unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, at the finish of their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Floyd Mayweather Jr., celebrates his unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, at the finish of their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Floyd Mayweather was being hailed as a genius following his conclusive points victory over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, but he would still struggle to be included on a list of the top five boxers of all time.

Here, we list five more acclaimed fighters than Mayweather.

MUHAMMAD ALI

The finest heavyweight of all time had it all - skill, courage and charisma. Cleverly re-invented himself as his age dulled his reflexes and was involved in the greatest fight of all time, the third instalment of his trilogy against Joe Frazier.

SUGAR RAY ROBINSON

Robinson completed a remarkable record of 200 fights, winning 173, that is scarcely believable when framed against modern boxing. After the first 11 years of his professional career he was 128-1 and held the world welterweight title for five years.

SUGAR RAY LEONARD

A sublime boxer with silky skills and dazzling movement, but also had a fighter’s heart that from time to time would see him stand and trade, most notably in his first fight against Roberto Duran.

JOE LOUIS

Reigned as world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 and was the first African American athlete to become a national hero, in part for his role in defeating Nazi favourite Max Schmeling in one round in the most politically charged fight in history.

ROBERTO DURAN

Like several fighters on this list, his career continued too long and his record when facing other members of the ‘Fabulous Four’ was not great, but as a lightweight he was an unstoppable brawler who would maul and bully his opponents.