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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 the 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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706 163
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

2
291 131
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

3
492 260
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
yodong.michael added Manny Pacquiáo age 39

4
239 116
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Henry Armstrong Died at 76 (1912-1988)

5
251 145
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

6
157 50
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Alexis Argüello Died at 57 (1952-2009)

7
172 101
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Benny Leonard Died at 51 (1896-1947)

8
324 327
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

9
177 128
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Shane Mosley age 46

10
97 56
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Tony Canzoneri Died at 51 (1908-1959)

11
215 155
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

12
94 69
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ike Williams Died at 71 (1923-1994)

13
112 71
Joe Gans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Gans Died at 36 (1874-1910)

14
72 11
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sugar Ray Robinson Died at 68 (1921-1989)

Famous People with the Same Real Name

15
86 58
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Carlos Ortíz age 81

16
65 52
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Brown Died at 71 (1926-1997)

17
87 57
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Barney Ross Died at 58 (1909-1967)

18
103 59
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ray Mancini age 56

19
83 40
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Aaron Pryor age 62

20
66 45
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ken Buchanan age 72

21
58 51
Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Beau Jack Died at 79 (1921-2000)

Famous Left Handed Boxers

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51 22
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

23
46 46
Freddie Welsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Freddie Welsh Died at 41 (1886-1927)

24
64 63
José Luis Castillo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

25
43 20
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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40 17
Esteban Dejesus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Esteban Dejesus

27
43 25
Arturo Gatti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Paul Nyhart added Arturo Gatti Died at 37 (1972-2009)

28
22 34
Jack McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Jack McAuliffe Died at 71 (1866-1937)

The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

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42 40
Packey McFarland is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Packey McFarland Died at 48 (1888-1936)

30
35 27
Diego Corrales is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Diego Corrales Died at 30 (1977-2007)

31
27 12
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 59

32
38 37
Battling Nelson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Battling Nelson Died at 72 (1882-1954)

33
17 14
Lew Tendler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Lew Tendler Died at 76 (1894-1970)

34
22 10
Kostya Tszyu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Kostya Tszyu age 48

35
30 32
Lou Ambers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Lou Ambers Died at 82 (1913-1995)

The Best Athletes of All Time

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16 6
Nicolino Locche is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Nicolino Locche Died at 66 (1939-2005)

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38 39
Ismael Laguna is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ismael Laguna age 74

38
34 36
Meldrick Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

39
25 18
Edwin Rosario is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Edwin Rosario Died at 34 (1963-1997)

40
10 3
Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Jack Kid Berg Died at 82 (1909-1991)

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9 3
Johnny Dundee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Johnny Dundee Died at 72 (1893-1965)

42
29 36
Jim Watt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Jim Watt age 69

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22 30
Sammy Angott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sammy Angott Died at 65 (1915-1980)

44
10 3
Kid Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Kid Chocolate Died at 78 (1910-1988)

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20 26
Sean O'Grady is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sean O'Grady age 58

46
6 1
Gabriel Elorde is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Gabriel Elorde Died at 50 (1935-1985)

47
7 14
Billy Petrolle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Billy Petrolle Died at 78 (1905-1983)

48
12 16
José Luis Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

49
7 12
Orzubek Nazarov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

50
7 13
Greg Haugen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Greg Haugen age 57