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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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767 190
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

2
326 152
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

3
529 290
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
260 128
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
276 166
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

6
179 64
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
188 115
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
368 359
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

9
189 143
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Shane Mosley age 46

10
232 164
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

11
108 64
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Tony Canzoneri Died at 51 (1908-1959)

12
94 16
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sugar Ray Robinson Died at 68 (1921-1989)

13
120 75
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
99 74
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ike Williams Died at 71 (1923-1994)

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95 62
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Carlos Ortíz age 81

16
68 57
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
94 60
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
73 28
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

19
112 65
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ray Mancini age 56

20
92 46
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Aaron Pryor age 62

21
74 48
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ken Buchanan age 72

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55 21
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

23
60 54
Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Beau Jack Died at 79 (1921-2000)

24
49 48
Freddie Welsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Freddie Welsh Died at 41 (1886-1927)

25
66 66
José Luis Castillo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

26
37 13
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 59

27
49 27
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
24 37
Jack McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Jack McAuliffe Died at 71 (1866-1937)

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45 41
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
43 23
Esteban Dejesus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Esteban Dejesus

31
39 29
Diego Corrales is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Diego Corrales Died at 30 (1977-2007)

32
30 12
Kostya Tszyu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Kostya Tszyu age 48

33
40 38
Battling Nelson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Battling Nelson Died at 72 (1882-1954)

34
19 15
Lew Tendler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Lew Tendler Died at 76 (1894-1970)

35
32 34
Lou Ambers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Lou Ambers Died at 82 (1913-1995)

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18 7
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)

37
30 20
Edwin Rosario is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Edwin Rosario Died at 34 (1963-1997)

38
39 41
Ismael Laguna is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ismael Laguna age 74

39
35 39
Meldrick Taylor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

40
24 31
Sammy Angott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sammy Angott Died at 65 (1915-1980)

41
10 4
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)

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11 5
Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 42 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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12 5
Kid Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Kid Chocolate Died at 78 (1910-1988)

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14 17
José Luis Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

45
29 39
Jim Watt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Jim Watt age 69

46
8 15
Billy Petrolle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Billy Petrolle Died at 78 (1905-1983)

47
20 28
Sean O'Grady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sean O'Grady age 58

48
7 3
Gabriel Elorde is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Gabriel Elorde Died at 50 (1935-1985)

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8 15
Greg Haugen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Greg Haugen age 57

50
7 4
Benny Bass is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Benny Bass Died at 71 (1904-1975)