Issue | Opinion | Premium | Aug 27 2019

10 of the greatest southpaws in boxing

To celebrate Vasyl Lomachenko’s arrival in the UK for an all-southpaw clash against Luke Campbell, here are 10 other great lefties in boxing
Marvin Hagler
Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports

1. Marvin Hagler
After losing to Bobby Watts and Willie Monroe in 1976, Hagler went on to become the world middleweight champion in 1980 and make 12 defences of the crown. Arguably the best middleweight of all time, Hagler defeated Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, John Mugabi and Vito Antuofermo after winning the belt against Alan Minter.

southpaw
Marvin Hagler meets Tommy Hearns Will Hart/HBO

2. Pernell Whitaker
Whitaker, a defensive wizard who tragically passed away in July, became IBF world lightweight champion in 1989, grabbed Jose Luis Ramirez’s WBC belt that same year, and eventually won the WBA version as well. In 1993, he moved to welterweight to lift the WBC belt before adding the WBA super-welterweight title in ’95.

3. Manny Pacquiao
Quite incredibly, Pacquiao began his career as a 106-pound light-flyweight before moving through the divisions and winning world titles all the way up to super-welterweight. Along the way he has beaten Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley. 

boxing
Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports