boxing The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time  

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List Rules Only professional flyweight class boxers (108-112 lbs) recognized by WBA, WBC, IBF or WBO.

List of the best flyweight boxers of all time, from all over the world including the US, Thailand, Mexico, Hungary, Japan, the Philippines, the UK and more. Top flyweight boxing champions include professional fighters weighing above 108 lb (49 kg) and up to 112 lb (52 kg). Those are the limits of the flyweight boxing category agreed upon by four of the best-known sanctioning organizations: the World Boxing Association (WBA), the World Boxing Council (WBC), the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

Just like with the best heavyweight boxers of all time and the best lightweight boxers of all time, there are a few favorites among these elite fighters that come to mind when discussing the top boxers in the featherweight division. Jimmy Wilde, Pancho Villa and Miguel Canto are widely considered to be some of the best and most legendary flyweight boxers of all time. Manny Pacquiao is another popular flyweight boxing champion - he is considered to be one of the best professional boxers of all time, has competed in 8 weight classes including the flyweight division. 

The flyweight division was the last of boxing's eight traditional weight classes to be established. Before 1909, anyone below featherweight was considered a bantamweight, regardless of how small the boxer. In 1911, the organization that eventually became the British Boxing Board of Control held a match that crowned Sid Smith as the first flyweight champion of the world. Jimmy Wilde, who reigned from 1914 to 1923, was the first fighter recognized both in Britain and the United States as a flyweight champion.

Boxing, like other combat sports, is divided into weight classes in an effort to match fighters of similar physical characteristics against each other. Without weight classes it would be difficult to determine whether a fighter was being unfairly pitted against a larger or stronger opponent, and would potentially present an advantage to the heavier-weighted player. This is a complete list of the best boxing champions to ever fight in the flyweight class.
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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Pancho Villa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Pancho Villa Francisco Guilledo

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Jimmy Wilde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Jimmy Wilde Died at 77 (1892-1969)

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Roman Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Roman Gonzalez

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Miguel Canto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Miguel Canto age 69

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Ricardo López is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Benny Lynch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Benny Lynch Died at 33 (1913-1946)

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Nonito Donaire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Pascual Pérez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Pascual Pérez Died at 51 (1926-1977)

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Fighting Harada is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Masao Ohba is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Masao Ohba Died at 24 (1949-1973)

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Fidel LaBarba is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Fidel LaBarba Died at 76 (1905-1981)

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Pone Kingpetch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Pone Kingpetch Died at 47 (1935-1982)

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Michael Carbajal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Frankie Genaro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Frankie Genaro Died at 65 (1901-1966)

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Rinty Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Rinty Monaghan Died at 66 (1918-1984)

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Park Chan-Hee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Park Chan-Hee age 60

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Betulio González is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Albert Pagara is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Albert Pagara age 23

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Midget Wolgast is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Midget Wolgast Died at 45 (1910-1955)

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Shoji Oguma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Shoji Oguma age 66

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Small Montana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Jackie Paterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Jackie Paterson Died at 46 (1920-1966)

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Chartchai Chionoi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Newsboy Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Newsboy Brown Died at 72 (1905-1977)

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Charlie Magri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Charlie Magri age 61

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Khaosai Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Erbito Salavarria is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Horacio Accavallo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Hiroyuki Ebihara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Hiroyuki Ebihara Died at 51 (1940-1991)

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Efren Torres is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Efren Torres Died at 67 (1943-2010)

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Peter Kane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Peter Kane Died at 73 (1918-1991)

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Santos Laciar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Santos Laciar age 58

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Guty Espadas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Guty Espadas age 63

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Sot Chitalada is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Sot Chitalada age 55

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Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Mark Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Mark Johnson age 46

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Gabriel Bernal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Gabriel Bernal Died at 58 (1956-2014)

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Walter McGowan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Vic Darchinyan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Danny Romero is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Danny Romero age 43

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Yoshio Shirai is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Yoshio Shirai Died at 80 (1923-2003)

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Yong-Kang Kim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Yong-Kang Kim age 52

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Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Jimmy McLarnin Died at 97 (1907-2004)

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Yuri Arbachakov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Jorge Arce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Jorge Arce age 38

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Dave McAuley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Dave McAuley age 56