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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Jimmy Wilde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Jimmy Wilde Died at 77 (1892-1969)

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Pancho Villa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Pancho Villa Francisco Guilledo

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Roman Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
PaulScanlon added 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 70

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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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Nonito Donaire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Pascual Pérez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Pascual Pérez Died at 51 (1926-1977)

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Benny Lynch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Benny Lynch Died at 33 (1913-1946)

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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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Pone Kingpetch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Pone Kingpetch Died at 47 (1935-1982)

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Fidel LaBarba is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Fidel LaBarba Died at 76 (1905-1981)

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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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Khaosai Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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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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Midget Wolgast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Midget Wolgast Died at 45 (1910-1955)

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Frankie Genaro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Frankie Genaro Died at 65 (1901-1966)

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Betulio González is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Betulio González age 69

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Park Chan-Hee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Park Chan-Hee age 61

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Jorge Arce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Jorge Arce age 39

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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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Pongsaklek Wonjongkam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Hiroyuki Ebihara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Hiroyuki Ebihara Died at 51 (1940-1991)

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Chartchai Chionoi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Vic Darchinyan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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

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Shoji Oguma is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Shoji Oguma age 67

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Jackie Paterson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Jackie Paterson Died at 46 (1920-1966)

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Charlie Magri is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Charlie Magri age 62

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Newsboy Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Newsboy Brown Died at 72 (1905-1977)

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Albert Pagara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Alejandro Earl Noodle Mateo added Albert Pagara age 24

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Sot Chitalada is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Sot Chitalada age 56

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Efren Torres is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Efren Torres Died at 67 (1943-2010)

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Erbito Salavarria is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Erbito Salavarria age 72

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Peter Kane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Peter Kane Died at 73 (1918-1991)

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Walter McGowan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time

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Santos Laciar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Santos Laciar age 59

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Danny Romero is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Danny Romero age 44

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Mark Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Mark Johnson age 47

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Yong-Kang Kim is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Yong-Kang Kim age 53

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Guty Espadas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Guty Espadas age 64

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Yoshio Shirai is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Yoshio Shirai Died at 80 (1923-2003)

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

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Dave McAuley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Dave McAuley age 57

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Gabriel Bernal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Gabriel Bernal Died at 58 (1956-2014)

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Yuri Arbachakov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Flyweight Boxers of All Time
Yuri Arbachakov age 52