The most professional fighter of all time.

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  1. Austinboxing

    Austinboxing British Boxing fan Full Member

    Jul 8, 2021
    Which fighter would you say was the most professional and sportsmen like in and outside the ring?
  2. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Mar 3, 2019
  3. Guerra

    Guerra Well-Known Member Full Member

    May 23, 2020
    Floyd Patterson, Pacquiao amd Cotto
  4. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Gene Tunney, but Arguello was probably a better answer, George.
  5. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Great choice, George!
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  6. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 VIP Member Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
  7. Ken Ashcroft

    Ken Ashcroft Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Nonito Donaire gets my vote. A few of my friends and I briefly spoke to him outside one of his fight camps a few years back. and he was a gentleman.
  8. Jel

    Jel Obsessive list maker Full Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Arguello is probably still a better answer but in terms of modern fighters, Kostya Tszyu a proper pro. No bull**** name-calling, always came in in good shape and seemed mercifully free of excuses. Other than those two, I think fighters from the 60s back were generally professional.
  9. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    The most professional boxer i've ever read about would be Bernard Hopkins. Second would probably be Rocky Marciano. Both were weirdos though.

    That goes for most of the boys you gents have mentioned though :lol:
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  10. JackSilver

    JackSilver Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jun 24, 2017
    yeah you might be right if you talking about looking after his body an preparing himself for fights but as for being a sportsman in an out of the ring like the op said then Hopkin would be one of the last boxers that would be picked
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  11. KernowWarrior

    KernowWarrior Bob Fitzsimmons much bigger brother. Full Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    I concur regarding Marciano outside the squared circle, but inside the ropes i certainly would not call him sportsman like with regard to following those Marquess of Queensberry rules, i know they ruin a good scrap however;)
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  12. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Chocolatito González. Takes back after his mentor Alexis Arguello. Great gentlemen.
  13. Greg Price99

    Greg Price99 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    Beat me to it with Hopkins. He supposedly trained on Xmas day, same as any other day.
  14. Seamus

    Seamus Proud Kulak Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    You took the wind out of my sails there. B-Hop. Nobody treated their body better with more dedication than he did. Not in the history of the sport. In the ring, he could be a spoiler and bend credulity at times, but he was always there to win, from almost the first day of his career till the very end.
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  15. Jel

    Jel Obsessive list maker Full Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Yeah, for me ‘professional’ automatically rules out **** talkers.

    Sorry, but if you’re professional, there’s zero reason to make it personal.

    The other side of it is the dedication to the sport - the training, the focus and looking after your body.

    B-Hop qualifies in the latter regard but not the former.