16. Julio Cesar Chavez
Divisions: Super Featherweight (130), Lightweight (135), Super Lightweight (140)
Years Active: 1980-2005
The greatest Mexican fighter of all time, Julio Cesar Chavez had some of the most magical moments and impressive streaks in boxing history. Chavez—virtually unknown for most of his early career—was a six-time titlist in three divisions and beat some of the finest opposition of his day.
Chavez began his career with 87 straight wins before his draw with Pernell Whitaker, and it wasn’t until his 90th career fight that he finally tasted defeat against fringe contender Frankie Randall.
Wins over Meldrick Taylor, Hector “Macho” Camacho and Ivan Robinson, two wins against Randall and the draw with Whitaker helped establish Chavez as the legend that he is today. Aside from his six titles, Chavez was also 1990’s Ring Fighter of the Year and elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame as part of this year’s 2011 class.
The quintessential Mexican fighter, Chavez never possessed great speed but was a hard puncher and had an amazing chin, indomitable heart and an overwhelming will to win. His 107 wins are almost unheard-of in the modern-day boxing environment.
Chavez is now a successful businessman and has two undefeated sons—Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Omar Chavez.
(source: bleacherreport.com by Dave Carlson)