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The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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List Criteria: 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


    Roberto Durán Guararé, Panama

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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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    Manny Pacquiáo Kibawe, Philippines

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


    Julio César Chávez Ciudad Obregón, Mexico

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


    Pernell Whitaker Virginia, United States of America

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    Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Henry Armstrong Columbus, Mississippi, United States of America

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    Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Benny Leonard New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Oscar de la Hoya East Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Alexis Argüello Managua, Nicaragua

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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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    Floyd Mayweather Jr. Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

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


    Shane Mosley Lynwood, California, United States of America

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    Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Ike Williams Brunswick, Georgia, United States of America

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    Joe Gans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Joe Gans Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Tony Canzoneri Slidell, Louisiana, United States of America

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


    Carlos Ortíz Ponce, Puerto Rico

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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

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


    Ray Mancini USA, Youngstown, Ohio

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    Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Barney Ross New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Mexicali, Mexico

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    Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Beau Jack Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

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    Freddie Welsh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Freddie Welsh Pontypridd, United Kingdom

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    Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Ken Buchanan Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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    Cork, Republic of Ireland

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    Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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    Aaron Pryor Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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    Colón, Panama

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    Battling Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Battling Nelson Copenhagen, Denmark

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    Meldrick Taylor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Meldrick Taylor Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Packey McFarland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Packey McFarland Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America

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    Lou Ambers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Lou Ambers Herkimer, New York, United States of America

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    Esteban Dejesus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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    Esteban Dejesus

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    Glasgow, United Kingdom

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    Arturo Gatti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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    Arturo Gatti Cassino, Italy

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    Austin, Texas, United States of America

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    Washington, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Lew Tendler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Lew Tendler Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Sugar Ray Robinson Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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    South Carolina, United States of America

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    Sumter, South Carolina, United States of America

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    Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Marvelous Marvin Hagler Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Berwick, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    José Luis Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    José Luis Ramírez Huatabampo, Mexico

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    Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

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    Kyrgyzstan

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    Willie Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Willie Ritchie California, United States of America

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    Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Sugar Ray Leonard Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Ad Wolgast is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time


    Ad Wolgast Cadillac, Michigan, United States of America

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    Auburn, Washington, United States of America

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    Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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    Jack Kid Berg London, United Kingdom

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    Kid Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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    Kid Chocolate Havana, Cuba

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