In honor of this Sunday's Super Bowl and the brother vs. brother matchup pitting Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers against John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens, here's a look at boxing's ten best brother teams:
Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) & Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs)
The Klitschko Brothers have established a new level of dominance in the heavyweight division and seem as unbeatable as any big men in the history of the game. Sporting an outstanding combined 35-4 record in world title bouts, neither fighter has even come close to losing since Wladimir was stopped by Lamon Brewster back in 2004.
Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) & Rafael Marquez (41-8, 37 KOs)
The brothers from Mexico City have to be considered among the sport's modern day technical masters. Both experts in the classic Mexican style of prize fighting, the Marquez Brothers have also been known to engage in toe to toe brawls. Juan Manuel is a four division world champ best known for his thrilling four-fight series with Manny Pacquiao while Rafael is a former bantamweight and junior featherweight titlist forever remembered for a brutal four-fight series with Israel Vazquez.
Khaosai Galaxy (47-1, 41 KOs) & Khaokor Galaxy (24-2, 18 KOs)
The only twins on this list, Thailand's Khaosai and Khaokor both held world titles. And although Khaokor was a two-time bantamweight titlist, Khaosai far surpassed his brother's achievements with a seven-year and nineteen-defense reign as WBA super flyweight champion as well as entry into the boxing Hall of Fame.
Leon Spinks (26-17-3, 14 KOs) & Michael Spinks (31-1, 21 KOs)
Both were decorated amateur stars who made their marks in the pros before falling to bigger, better opposition. Leon is best known for his upset win over Muhammad Ali in 1978 (in only Spinks' eighth fight as a pro). Michael Spinks made his mark as a nearly untouchable light heavyweight who moved up to heavyweight to end Larry Holmes' reign as champ. Spinks' reign would only last two years as he would lose his title in spectacular fashion to the young Mike Tyson in his third defense.
Muhammad Ali (56-5, 37 KOs) & Rahman Ali (14-3-1, 7 KOs)
Little is said of The Greatest's younger brother, Rahman, but the overshadowed sibling was a fairly decent boxer, who simply never got his career off the ground in the mid '60s to early '70s. Muhammad's resume, of course, is beyond reproach as a three-time heavyweight champ and owner of a 19-3 record against Ring Magazine's list of the 50 greatest heavyweights.
Tommy Gibbons (57-4-1, 48 KOs) & Mike Gibbons (65-3-4, 38 KOs)
Talented and tough, the Gibbons Brothers never won a world title, but they had their fair share of marquee victories and main stage opponents. Tommy is perhaps best known for his 1923 loss to Jack Dempsey in a bid for the heavyweight championship, but he also managed a 1-2 record against the great Harry Greb as well as wins over George Carpentier and Battling Levinsky. Mike never actually fought for a world title, but he did take wins over the likes of Jack Dillon and Ted "Kid" Lewis while splitting a two-fight series with Harry Greb.
Terry Norris (47-9, 31 KOs) & Orlin Norris (57-10-1, 30 KOs)
Terry was one of the most fearsome offensive fighters from the late '80s to the mid '90s and a three-time junior middleweight world champ. Victories over Sugar Ray Leonard, John Mugabi, Meldrick Taylor, and Donald Curry helped earn him a spot as one of his generation's best. Orlin was a solid former world cruiserweight champ who never passed journeyman status after moving up to heavyweight
Donald Curry (34-6, 25 KOs) & Bruce Curry (35-8, 17 KOs)
The first brothers to simultaneously hold world titles, the Curry Brothers from Forth Worth, Texas had their best years in 1983-1984 when Donald held the WBA welterweight title and Bruce held the WBC junior welterweight belt. Bruce would not have the staying power of his brother, losing his belt to Billy Costello after just two defenses. Meanwhile, Donald would capture the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles before briefly holding the WBC junior middleweight title. A third brother, Graylin Curry (13-6, 9 KOs), was also active as a pro.
Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) & Bobby Pacquiao (30-15-3, 15 KOs)
Manny is an eight-division world champ and easy first ballot hall of famer. Younger brother Bobby, however, never came close to reaching the same level of achievement or stardom. While the elder Pacquiao boasts a jam-packed resume of future Hall of Fame conquests, Bobby's best wins came against past-their-primes former champs Carlos Hernandez and Kevin Kelley.
Roger Mayweather (59-13, 35 KOs) & Floyd Mayweather Sr. (28-6-1, 17 KOs) (Jeff 32-10-5, 10 KOs)
Roger was a former super featherweight and junior welterweight world champ with solid technique and a fearsome reputation. Floyd Sr. was a talented and promising welterweight prospect who saw his career progress derailed due to legal and personal issues. The Mayweathers also had a third brother, Jeff, who put together an impressive record of 32-10-5 with 10 KOs.
Honorable Mention (In No Particular Order):
Jerry Quarry, Mike Quarry, & Bobby Quarry; Ricky Hatton & Matthew Hatton; Koki Kameda, Daiki Kameda, Tomoki Kameda; Andre Dirrell & Anthony Dirrell; Lamont Peterson & Anthony Peterson; Julio Diaz & Antonio Diaz; Max Baer & Buddy Baer; Orlando Canizales & Gaby Canizales; Micky Ward & Dick Ecklund; Arturo Gatti & Joe Gatti; Gerry Penalosa & Dodie Boy Penalosa; Fabrice Tiozzo, Christophe Tiozzo & Franck Tiozzo; Graciano Rocchigiani & Ralf Rocchigiani; Erik Morales, Ivan Morales, & Diego Morales; Fighting Harada & Ushiwakamaru Harada; Saul Alvarez, Rigoberto Alvarez, Ricardo Alvarez, & Ramon Alvarez; Marco Antonio Barrera & Jorge Barrera; Jorge Arce & Francisco Arce; Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. & Omar Chavez; Nonito Donaire & Glenn Donaire; Miguel Cotto & Jose Cotto; Thomas Hearns & Billy Hearns; Zab Judah, Daniel Judah, Josiah Judah; Sugar Ray Leonard & Roger Leonard; Danny Lopez & Ernie Lopez; Lucas Matthysse & Walter Matthysse; Gabriel Ruelas & Rafael Ruelas; Marvin Hagler & Robbie Sims
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