Boxing The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time  

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List Rules Any boxer who competed in the featherweight division is eligible.

The best featherweight boxers are all time are the most successful and most legendary boxers ever to compete in the weight class in the history of the sport. Typically with a weight limit of 126 pounds, the featherweight class has seen its fair share of stars throughout the years between the champions who helped the sport rise to prominence many decades ago to the top featherweight boxers of today.

Looking back into the history books, many names pop up as among not only the best featherweight boxers ever but the best boxers of all time. The likes of Willie Pep, who is regarded by many as the best featherweight boxer ever, Henry Armstrong, Sandy Saddler, Abe Attell, George Dixon, Young Griffo and Terry McGovern all saw success in the late 19th century and early 20th century. While which of these boxers should be regarded higher than another is debated, all set the tone for many generations of featherweight boxers to come.

Fast forward to modern times and the men who are dominating the weight class have quickly made their place as among the greats of yesteryear. Juan Manuel Marquez, Naseem Hamed and even Manny Pacquiao, who often fights in other weight classes and is also considered one of the best lightweight boxers of all time, are all names both to watch now and later when their career accomplishments are stacked up against other all-time greats.

So whether you rank the classic boxers above the stars of today or vice versa, share your rankings for the top featherweight boxers of all time below by voting for your favorites, adding any not already listed or clicking re-rank to put these best featherweight boxers in your own order.
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Willie Pep is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 84 (1922-2006)

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257 101
Salvador Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 23 (1959-1982)

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419 219
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time

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183 81
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 57 (1952-2009)

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405 176
Naseem Hamed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
age 44

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185 85
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 76 (1912-1988)

7
195 96
Marco Antonio Barrera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time

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179 70
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time

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120 50
Erik Morales is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
tanibanana added Erik Morales

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117 60
Sandy Saddler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 75 (1926-2001)

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124 60
Azumah Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
age 60

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73 45
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 51 (1908-1959)

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34 18
Wilfredo Gómez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added age 62

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70 51
Abe Attell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 87 (1883-1970)

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58 35
Eder Jofre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Eder Jofre

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81 56
Kid Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1910-1988)

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32 22
Johnny Tapia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added Died at 45 (1967-2012)

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59 38
Vicente Saldivar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 42 (1943-1985)

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62 43
Jeff Fenech is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
age 54

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44 29
Jim Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 45 (1880-1925)

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53 44
Terry McGovern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1880-1918)

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45 32
Johnny Kilbane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1889-1957)

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36 24
Johnny Dundee is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 72 (1893-1965)

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48 43
Eusebio Pedroza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time

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46 37
Freddie Miller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 51 (1911-1962)

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8 3
Sugar Ramos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 77

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33 27
George Dixon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 38 (1870-1908)

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29 24
Christopher Battalino is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 69 (1908-1977)

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36 34
Davey Moore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 30 (1933-1963)

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29 27
Chalky Wright is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 45 (1912-1957)

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5 4
Leo Rodak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 78 (1913-1991)

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31 29
Louis Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time

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9 10
Juan Laporte is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added age 59

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7 4
Eugène Criqui is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 84 (1893-1977)

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7 4
Young Corbett II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 47 (1880-1927)

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50 57
Guillermo Rigondeaux is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
JJLVilla added age 38 - Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz is a Cuban boxer who won the gold medal at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics and two world amateur championships in the bantamweight division. He is a seven-time (2000–06) Cuban national champion at bantamweight, and currently claims an amateur record of nearly 475 fights with 12 losses. He remains undefeated and is the current WBAWBO and The Ring magazine super bantamweight world champion, whilst the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board recognizes him as the junior featherweight world champion.
 

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10 12
Angel Manfredy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added age 44

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27 21
Baby Arizmendi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 49 (1913-1962)

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6 6
Frankie Fleming is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
thorin-scott added Frankie Fleming Frank "Frankie" Fleming was a Canadian featherweight boxer active from 1910 to 1922. During his career he held the distinction of being the Canadian Boxing Federation Featherweight Champion. He is best known for beating all-time great Benny Leonard twice, being the only fighter to do so. He also faced Hall of Famers Johnny Kilbane, Johnny Dundee, and Freddie Welsh in defeat by 'newspaper decision'; challenging for the latter's World Featherweight Title. Statistical boxing website BoxRec rates Fleming as the 11th best Canadian boxer ever across all weight divisions.

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4 5
Petey Sarron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 88 (1906-1994)

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3 4
Ernesto Marcel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 70

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3 4
Nel Tarleton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 50 (1906-1956)

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3 4
Seaman Tommy Watson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Seaman Tommy Watson

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6 3
Chris John is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Frans Juliver Purba added age 39

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7 13
Owen Moran is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 65 (1884-1949)

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6 12
Young Griffo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 56 (1871-1927)

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3 12
Harry Jeffra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Featherweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 74 (1914-1988)