Everyone wanted to see Manny Pacquiao fight Floyd Mayweather because, pound-for-pound, they may be the best boxers in the world. Pacquiao’s brilliance is well-documented and Mayweather is an impressive 49-0 in his career. While Mayweather is on an impressive streak, he’s still just barely past halfway to what Julio Cesar Chavez accomplished to start his career.
Chavez won his first 87 bouts, the longest winning streak in boxing, in any weight class. Finally, in his 88th fight, against Pernell Whitaker on Sept. 10, 1993, Chavez fought to a controversial draw, boxing at the highest weight class (welterweight) of his career. His unbeaten streak ended at 90 after losing to Frankie Randall just three bouts later.
It’s unlikely we’ll see anyone top Chavez’s streak as top-level boxers just don’t fight that frequently anymore. The heavyweight record of 49 straight wins, by Rocky Marciano, has been threatened, but also has never been equaled or surpassed.