This article discusses the greatest Mexican boxers, including Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Julio Cesar Chavez. Juan Manuel Marquez is considered the best Mexican boxer of all time.
He has been one of the greatest Mexican fighters in the history of the sport, and he has been involved in some incredible rivalries. Marquez faced off against fellow Mexican boxer Ruben Olivares in a highly anticipated bout that was broadcast on Probox TV and Televisa Espanol. His rise to fame began when he defeated Ruben Olivares to become the WBC Bantamweight World Champion. His vicious hitting power made him a formidable opponent, and he held his title for several years before moving up in weight class. He went on to fight Manny Pacquiao four times, becoming world champion twice during their rivalry. Ricardo Lopez is another third Mexican boxer who has become world champion, but is often overshadowed by Marquez and Pacquiao's rivalry. Juan Manuel Marquez is without a doubt one of Mexico's greatest boxers ever, achieving incredible success throughout his career and becoming one of only three Mexicans to ever become world champions in multiple divisions. Marquez won his first world title in 2003 when he defeated Manuel Medina for the WBA Super Featherweight Title. He then added the IBF and WBC Featherweight Titles when he knocked out Marco Antonio Barrera in 2004. In 2008, Marquez earned a fourth world title when he won the WBO Lightweight Title from Carlos Hernandez. Marquez is perhaps most famous for his legendary series of fights with Manny Pacquiao, which spanned four bouts between 2004 and 2012. The two fighters had a total of 24 rounds in the ring, with Marquez recording three knockouts against Pacquiao. He also achieved a draw in their fourth fight and became only the second boxer to ever win a championship fight against Pacquiao, after Erik Morales did so in 2005. Marquez wasn't just successful against Pacquiao though; he has also recorded knockout wins over fighters such as Marco Antonio Barrera, Danny Garcia and Juan Manuel Lopez during his career. His final professional fight came in 2014 where he was knocked out by Mike Alvarado but prior to that, Marquez had gone unbeaten for 10 years since losing to Chris John in 2004. Erik "Terrible" Morales is a Mexican former professional boxer who is widely regarded as the greatest Mexican boxer of all time and the first Mexican born boxer to win four world titles in four different weight classes. He won titles at super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight categories in history. He held world titles in four different weight divisions simultaneously and became the first ever Mexican boxer to achieve such a feat. Erik Morales, the greatest Mexican boxer in history, is an undisputed champion who won world championships in four different categories - light welterweight title, welterweight WBC Featherweight title, Super Middleweight and Welterweight WBC Light. He was the first and only fighter to win world titles in all of these four different weight classes. Morales won his first championship at the age of eighteen and has held numerous titles over twenty years. He was the recipient of several awards including "Fighter of the Year" by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2000 and 2001. Julio Cesar Chavez is considered one of the greatest Mexican boxers ever and was listed #1 on Ring Magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Punchers of All Time”. He held several boxing records and won most title fights in three different weight classes, including the world titles for featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight divisions. Chavez Sr. was a beloved boxer who held world titles in three different weight classes, was inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011 and share's the record for most successful defenses at 27 with Joe Louis. He is also credited with helping to popularize boxing in Mexico and Latin America as a whole. Mexican professional boxer Carlos Zarate is considered one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time. He was born in Estado de Mexico in 1952, and started his professional boxing career in 1972. During his career he held the WBC Bantamweight Championship four times and fought against some of the greatest names in boxing, such as Salvador Sanchez, Narvaez, and future champion Alberto Zamora. Zarate left boxing with a record of 79-7-1, with 64 wins by knockout. After retiring from the sport, Zarate became a coach to many Mexican world champions including Rodolfo Martinez and unbeaten WBA titleist Alfonso Zamora. He also trained future champions such as Alberto Zamora and Alfonso Zamora, who both held titles at bantamweight. Carlos Zarate is considered one of the best Mexican boxers in history. He was the first Mexican boxer to win a world title, and he held the WBC bantamweight championship for four years. His record of consecutive knockout wins is unmatched, and he holds the record for most consecutive knockouts in boxing history. He also holds the record for multiple streaks of consecutive knockout victories over fellow Mexican Ruben Olivares and Alfonso Zamora. In his career, Carlos Zarate faced only two professional boxers from Mexico: Ruben Olivares and Alfonso Zamora. He fought against both men several times and won all bouts by knockout. He is a legendary figure in Mexico and is widely regarded as one of boxing's greatest Mexican boxers. Salvador Sanchez is considered the greatest Mexican fighter ever, and one of the most exciting fighters to ever step into a ring. He was a world champion in three different weight divisions and won admiration for his speed, agility and punching power. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Sanchez began his professional career at the age of 15 and went on to win four different divisions during his career. Unfortunately, Sanchez's career ended tragically when he died in 1982 after a car accident. He is still remembered fondly today as the first Mexican to become a world champion in four weight divisions. In fact, Alberto Sandoval is known as 'The Pride of Mexico' for being the second-ever Mexican fighter to win four world titles.