boxing The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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List Rules Any boxer who competed in the lightweight class is eligible. Boxers from other classes are not

The best lightweight boxers of all time are those elite and best ever boxers who fought in the lightweight division, which generally is between 130 and 135 pounds. These top lightweight boxers are former World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization and Olympic champions plus some of the greatest lightweight boxers in the game today. While they cannot all square off in the ring to determine an ultimate best lightweight boxer of all time, they can be ranked and voted on below to name the best of the bunch.

Just like with the best heavyweight boxers of all time, there are a few favorites among these elite fighters that come to mind when discussing the top boxers in the lightweight division. Roberto Duran, Benny Leonard, Joe Gans, Pernell Whitaker and Ike Williams all fall into that category with numerous titles and accolades between them.

Moving more into modern times, names like Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. are all among the top lightweight boxing stars who saw success more recently. But they have plenty of competition with current top boxers like Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner and Vasyl Lomachenko each making a name for themselves in the division and the sport.

So how do you compare the classic boxers who held titles for years at a time to those with the potential to have even better careers in the future? However you rank these famous lightweight boxers, do so below by voting, adding to or re-ranking this list of the best lightweight boxers of all time. When you're done there, head over and see how these men stack up against the best boxers of all time too.

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Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Henry Armstrong Died at 76 (1912-1988)

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Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Benny Leonard Died at 51 (1896-1947)

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Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Alexis Argüello Died at 57 (1952-2009)

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Shane Mosley age 44

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Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ike Williams Died at 71 (1923-1994)

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Joe Gans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Gans Died at 36 (1874-1910)

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Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Tony Canzoneri Died at 51 (1908-1959)

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Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Carlos Ortíz age 79

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Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Brown Died at 71 (1926-1997)

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Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ray Mancini age 54

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Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Barney Ross Died at 58 (1909-1967)

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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sugar Ray Robinson Died at 68 (1921-1989)

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Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Aaron Pryor age 60

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Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Beau Jack Died at 79 (1921-2000)

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Freddie Welsh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Freddie Welsh Died at 41 (1886-1927)

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José Luis Castillo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ken Buchanan age 70

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Esteban Dejesus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Esteban Dejesus

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Diego Corrales is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Diego Corrales Died at 30 (1977-2007)

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Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Jack McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Jack McAuliffe Died at 71 (1866-1937)

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Arturo Gatti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Arturo Gatti Died at 37 (1972-2009)

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Battling Nelson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Battling Nelson Died at 72 (1882-1954)

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Packey McFarland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Packey McFarland Died at 48 (1888-1936)

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Ismael Laguna is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ismael Laguna age 72

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Kostya Tszyu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Kostya Tszyu age 46

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Lew Tendler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Lew Tendler Died at 76 (1894-1970)

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Edwin Rosario is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Edwin Rosario Died at 34 (1963-1997)

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Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 59

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Meldrick Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Kid Berg Died at 82 (1909-1991)

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Lou Ambers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Lou Ambers Died at 82 (1913-1995)

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Sean O'Grady is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sean O'Grady age 56

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Nicolino Locche is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Nicolino Locche Died at 66 (1939-2005)

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Johnny Dundee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Johnny Dundee Died at 72 (1893-1965)

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Jim Watt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Jim Watt age 67

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Pedro Carrasco is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Pedro Carrasco Died at 58 (1943-2001)

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Kid Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Kid Chocolate Died at 78 (1910-1988)

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Orzubek Nazarov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Gabriel Elorde is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Gabriel Elorde Died at 50 (1935-1985)

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Sid Terris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sid Terris Died at 70 (1904-1974)

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José Luis Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Billy Petrolle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Billy Petrolle Died at 78 (1905-1983)