Most World Titles Won in Different Weight Classes: Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao’s fans have the tendency to make a great deal out of his world titles in eight divisions. Claiming it is proof that he’s the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time.
That’s a huge overstatement as in today’s alphabet soup era, world titles are pretty easier to come by than they used to be in previous eras. And Pacquiao’s light middleweight belt was achieved at a catchweight of 150 pounds, four under the true light middleweight limit.
Still, it’s a remarkable achievement and the one that is unlikely to be matched or surpassed. To put it into context, Pacquiao got his first world title at 112 pounds division. That means he increased 38 pounds, over a third of his body weight, to get his heaviest title.
Most Times as Undisputed Heavyweight Champion: Muhammad Ali
Evander Holyfield has won the world heavyweight title five times, and that itself will be a hard record to beat. Holyfield used to be very good for a long time, in a very severe division, to get that record.
But the even more unbreakable record is Muhammad Ali’s achievement as the undisputed heavyweight champion. It’s hard enough to become an undisputed champion in today’s era of alphabet soup, let alone to reign three times.
To do it, Muhammad Ali won Sonny Liston in in 1964. Years later, he beated George Foreman to become the second man to regain the heavyweight crown, comes just after Floyd Patterson.
After losing the belt to Leon Spinks in a match in 1978, Ali won the title in an immediate rematch.
Longest Unbeaten Streak: Jimmy Wilde
Nicknamed “The Might Atom,” Welshman Jimmy Wilde is believed as one of the greatest flyweights ever and one of the leading boxers the United Kingdom has ever had. Between his professional debut in 1910 and his first loss in 1915, Wilde established an unbeaten streak of 103 fights.
Of course, many of these fights were fought in obscurity and none of them were hosted outside of the U.K. Without doubt the most impressive unbeaten streak in boxing history belongs to Sugar Ray Robinson.
After taking his first loss to Jake LaMotta in 1943, Robinson had winning streak until 1951. During that time he gathered the welterweight and then middleweight titles while going undefeatable in 91 straight fights.