8. Eusebio Pedroza
Simply an all time great 126 pounder and another masterfully complete fighter in this rarified ensemble. The Panamanian maestro’s rise was neither meteoric or without due setbacks, most notably a 2nd round KO loss to Alfonso Zamora for the WBA bantamweight crown in 1976.
Nonetheless, from April 1978 to June 1985, Pedroza ruled as WBA featherweight king, making a record 19 successful defences of his claim to primacy. Aesthetically, a stylist and a cutie, Eusebio was equally comfortable mixing it up on the inside and also garnered a reputation as one of the most subtly dirty fighters of the colour TV era.
He beat top flight contender such as Ruben Olivares, Juan Laporte plus Rocky Lockridge and threw the famous if widely misunderstood ‘bolo’ punch as well anyone since Kid Gavilán.