15. Sugar Ray Leonard
Divisions: Welterweight (147) to Light Heavyweight (175)
Years Active: 1977-1989
Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the 1980s despite fighting only 12 fights that decade, Sugar Ray Leonard’s accomplishments and contributions to boxing are hard to describe in a few short paragraphs, so I’ll just briefly list them here.
He only had 40 fights, two of which were ill-fated comeback attempts, and if he had just stayed retired in 1989, he would have been 36-1-1 with one of the greatest résumés in boxing history.
– 1976 Olympic gold medal
– 12 world titles in five divisions
– First fighter to win world titles in five weight classes
– Two-time Ring fighter of the year (1979 and 1981)
– The Ring champion in three divisions (tied with Manny Pacquiao for most ever)
– 1980s Boxer of the Decade
– Beat four fighters on this list: Wilfred Benitez (72nd), Thomas Hearns (44th), Marvin Hagler (25th) and Roberto Duran (?)
– Only loss during his prime was to Duran. He avenged this loss twice, including the famous “No Mas” fight.
(source: bleacherreport.com by Dave Carlson)