Mexico has manufactured some of the toughest boxers that have ever walked the face of the Earth in my opinion. I have so many fond memories of great fights I’ve watched over the years that have involved Mexican fighters. This list was very, very hard to narrow down to the top 5 Mexican boxers of all time and there are some outstanding, legends of the game that I could not include unfortunately – such
was the depth and quality of fighter to choose from!
The following is where I’d rank the top 5 best fighters from Mexico:
Julio Cesar Chavez
As they say in Mexico, we have reached “Numero Uno” or number one, the best of them all, Julio Cesar Chavez. This guy was just crazy tough, almost inhuman. What he achieved is remarkable anyway you slice it or dice it. He was one of the pound for pound best of his time and to this day holds the longest undefeated streak in boxing which was 89-0-1 before he finally lost a pro contest. He fought some of the all time greats like Meldrick Taylor (what a fight), Hector Camacho, Pernell Whitaker and Oscar De La Hoya, to name just a few. Possibly the best body puncher of all time and in his prime unstoppable, a fearless warrior.
A huge hitting bantamweight for his time who recorded 55 knockouts out of his 60 professional wins on record. Ruben Olivares had it all and was loved by Mexicans for his tendency to go to war, even though he was also an excellent boxer when he needed to use his skills and ring generalship. He fought in an incredibly competitive era between the mid sixties and mid seventies and his violent power took out many bantamweight killers of his time. He also went on to move up to win the WBA featherweight title later in his career. Surely the greatest bantamweight fighter that ever lived.
Perhaps the most talented Mexican fighter that ever lived and probably would have went onto become the best ever had he not lost his life tragically in a car accident at the age of 23. Not your typical Mexican aggressive style but more of a defensive wizard who could certainly punch though. A feared young featherweight who became champion at a young age and recorded outstanding stoppage wins over the legendary fighters like Azumah Nelson and Wilfredo Gomez.
Juan Manuel Marquez
Marquez pips Barrera to number four spot for me based on what he’s achieved in recent years. He has become just one of three Mexicans ever to win world titles in four different weight classes and his resume of opponents is the who’s who of his era.
He’s a guy who’s never ducked anybody, always taken the tough fights and provided an all action style of counter punching for fight fans throughout the years. His fights with Manny Pacquiao are famed. I can’t think of a fighter who has been knocked down more times to get up off the canvas to win than this guy, the personification of what a fighter is.
Marco Antonio Barrera
“The Baby Faced Assassin” has to get onto this list in my opinion as a three weight world champion and a guy who beat the best of his time. His fights with bitter rival and fellow countryman Erik Morales are that of legend and up there for some of the best of all time. It was hard to leave Morales out of the list but I just felt Barrera achieved that little bit more and also beat Eric in two of their three contests. An unbelievable career that saw him rack up 67 pro wins but for me the night he dethroned Prince Naseem Hamed in Vegas was his finest hour. A true Mexican warrior.
Saul Alvarez is fast becoming one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time, and while he is a new addition to the list, we think he is here to stay! Alvarez is a four-division world champion. Having held titles in the WBA and The Ring and lineal middleweight titles. He is also the current holder of the WBA super middleweight title since 2018