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 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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1
843 217
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

2
591 316
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
yodong.michael added age 40

3
362 174
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

4
311 179
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

5
279 139
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 76 (1912-1988)

6
198 73
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 57 (1952-2009)

7
203 127
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 51 (1896-1947)

8
422 392
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

9
254 173
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

10
201 152
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 47

11
118 69
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 51 (1908-1959)

12
115 23
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

13
128 79
Joe Gans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 36 (1874-1910)

14
104 77
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1923-1994)

15
100 65
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 82

16
92 35
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

17
101 62
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 58 (1909-1967)

18
70 62
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1926-1997)

19
117 69
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 57

20
99 49
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 63

21
79 52
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 73

22
63 27
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

23
52 51
Freddie Welsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 41 (1886-1927)

24
69 67
José Luis Castillo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

25
61 59
Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 79 (1921-2000)

26
47 20
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 60

27
53 31
Arturo Gatti is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Paul Nyhart added Died at 37 (1972-2009)

28
35 14
Kostya Tszyu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 49

29
24 41
Jack McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1866-1937)

30
47 26
Esteban Dejesus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Esteban Dejesus

31
42 31
Diego Corrales is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 30 (1977-2007)

32
46 44
Packey McFarland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 48 (1888-1936)

33
42 39
Battling Nelson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 72 (1882-1954)

34
35 20
Edwin Rosario is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 34 (1963-1997)

35
34 35
Lou Ambers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1913-1995)

36
20 17
Lew Tendler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 76 (1894-1970)

37
20 9
Nicolino Locche is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 66 (1939-2005)

38
39 40
Meldrick Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

39
17 5
Kid Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 78 (1910-1988)

40
40 44
Ismael Laguna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 75

41
25 33
Sammy Angott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 65 (1915-1980)

42
16 17
José Luis Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

43
13 7
Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 82 (1909-1991)

44
11 6
Johnny Dundee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 72 (1893-1965)

45
30 40
Jim Watt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 70

46
8 17
Billy Petrolle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1905-1983)

47
21 31
Sean O'Grady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 59

48
8 5
Benny Bass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 71 (1904-1975)

49
8 5
Gabriel Elorde is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Died at 50 (1935-1985)

50
20 32
Bob Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 79 (1919-1998)