Parent page: The History of Boxing
The game of boxing has served up incredible bouts over the years. These fights have earned a pride of place in boxing folklore. The profile of the boxers has also been raised considerably along with the popularity of the sport in general. In this article, sample some of the most famous boxing fights in history, the boxers involved in those fights and what they meant to the sport in general.
The Frazier VS Ali Fight
In March 1971, two indefatigable fighters at their career prime had a showdown like no other. Held in the background of American racial and civil divisions, the Joe Frazier- Muhammad Ali bout lived up to its billing, attracting the enormous numbers of television viewers at the time. The two pugilists served up a great show in fifteen fiery rounds. In the end, Frazier was declared the unanimous winner of the bout.
Ali-Foreman Rumble in the Jungle
Muhammad Ali was again at the centre of another blockbuster bout. Held in what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo, this bout famously dubbed as the rumble in the jungle was the first big-time bout to be held in a Third World country and staged by a black promoter. It attracted vast viewership and cemented Alis’ status as one of the greatest pugilists of all time.
The Pacquiao-Mayweather Showdown
The diminutive Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao was up against the undefeated lanky American Floyd Mayweather in a bout billed as the fight of the century. Held at the famous MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, this bout had been long in the planning, bogged down by disagreements over venue and prize money. When it eventually took place in May 2015, the fight attracted millions of viewers worldwide but with a lukewarm reception for the declared winner, Mayweather, for his defensive tactics. For all its hype and glamour, it is a fight worth its place in the history books of boxing.