Some of Boxing’s best fighters had iconic signature moves.
On this list by Evolve MMA they take a look at some of the slickest signature moves of all time. From greats like Jack Dempsey to Mike Tyson. These trademark moves added to the persona of these all times greats.
Check out the list below and let us know which fighter had your favorite signature move. You can read the entire list here.
1) Jack Dempsey’s “Dempsey Roll”
Former heavyweight world boxing champion Jack Dempsey was an American professional boxer who enjoyed his fame from 1914 to 1927. He was a cultural icon due to his aggressive style and undeniable punching power. At the time, Dempsey also became one of the most popular boxers in the entire world.
Many of Dempsey’s fights set world records for attendance and revenue, including the first million-dollar gate, which at the time was absolutely massive. He is ranked in the top 10 list of all-time great heavyweights by Ring Magazine and considered one of the 50 greatest fighters in the last half-century.
Dempsey is best known for his signature move, the “Dempsey Roll” where he would utilize a defensive technique called the ‘bob and weave’ but emphasize it with punches. Dempsey would lower his head and shoulders, move side-to-side in a figure eight pattern before getting back up and blasting his opponents with a continuous flow of haymakers.
2) Floyd Patterson’s “Gazelle Punch”
Boxing legend Floyd Patterson was heavyweight champion of the world from 1956 to 1962, and was at the time the youngest boxer in history to win the heavyweight title. He was eclipsed by Mike Tyson years later, who won his first title at age 20. But regardless, Patterson was one of the first to ever do it and to this day remains the youngest boxer in history to hold the undisputed title.
One of his most awesome techniques is called the “Gazelle Punch”, named aptly due to its resemblance to a gazelle landing a jumping strike to incapacitate its prey. Patterson would duck down, and in a very swift motion, leap up from a knee bent position to deliver an uppercut or hook (or a combination of the two) to score a knockout. The spring provides added power for a truly knockout blow.
It’s a really crazy move that isn’t seen much today. Patterson was credited in history for having developed this punch. In the above clip, Patterson uses it to score a knockout.
3) Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s “Shoulder Roll”
Perhaps the greatest defensive specialist in the history of the sport, Floyd “Money” Mayweather is next to impossible to hit. The way he positions his body in a narrow angle to limit the surface area of his critical points, to his uncanny ability to slip and evade oncoming punches, Mayweather is an absolute master of defense in every sense of the word.
He has won multiple world titles in as many as five weight divisions and is considered one of the best to ever do it. Mayweather is a cultural icon and has become the face of boxing in modern times. He is also the most financially successful boxer in the history of the sport.
One of Mayweather’s signature boxing moves just happens to also be one of the coolest. It is a defensive tactic called the “Shoulder Roll”.
Mayweather likes to employ a variation of the Philly Shell defensive stance, made popular by his father Floyd Sr. and uncle Roger. Mayweather himself has modified it even further, using his large left shoulder to parry his opponents’ attacks as he counters with his right hand.
4) Manny Pacquiao’s “Left Hand Straight”
He may not be the same fighter he once was at this point in time, evidenced by a tough loss to little known Australian prospect Jeff Horn in early July, but Filipino ring icon and boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is one of the greatest offensive fighters the sport has ever produced.
His lightning quick hands, coupled with amazing footwork and true warrior spirit, has catapulted him from being a young, scrawny light flyweight, to a knockout artist across weight divisions, reaching as high up as super welterweight to claim his victims. Pacquiao, with his unorthodox angles and blindingly fast punches, has terrorized opponents for over 20 years as a professional. Known as one of the most exciting fighters in history, Pacquiao is responsible for more than a handful of memorable bouts.
One of his favorite offensive techniques is the “Left Hand Straight”. It’s a classic Pacquiao punch which features his vicious left hand shooting straight down the pipe at blistering speeds. In fact, it’s so fast that one of Pacquiao’s greatest rivals in Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez likened Pacquiao’s left straight to “a bullet”. Check it out.
You can read the entire list at Evolve MMA.