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
934 240
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

2
655 360
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
yodong.michael added age 40

3
409 200
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

4
343 202
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

5
311 154
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 76 (1912-1988)

6
236 86
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 57 (1952-2009)

7
232 138
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 51 (1896-1947)

8
480 434
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

9
285 184
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

10
137 73
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 51 (1908-1959)

11
151 84
Joe Gans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 36 (1874-1910)

12
123 82
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1923-1994)

13
148 33
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

14
216 168
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 47

15
110 73
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 82

16
124 45
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

17
117 63
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 58 (1909-1967)

18
76 68
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1926-1997)

19
87 58
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 73

20
72 59
Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 79 (1921-2000)

21
127 83
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 57

22
106 59
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 63

23
75 39
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

24
54 57
Freddie Welsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 41 (1886-1927)

25
57 28
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 60