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
1,030 264
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
2
715 393
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
yodong.michael added age 41
3
455 225
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
4
340 169
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1912-1988)
5
372 222
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
6
534 465
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
7
249 146
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1896-1947)
8
257 95
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 57 (1952-2009)
9
192 37
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)
10
312 195
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
11
149 79
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 51 (1908-1959)
12
163 94
Joe Gans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1874-1910)
13
131 88
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1923-1994)
14
230 176
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 48
15
157 50
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
16
114 80
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 83
17
121 68
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1909-1967)
18
78 74
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1926-1997)
19
96 65
Ken Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 73
20
137 89
Ray Mancini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 58
21
118 66
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 64
22
75 64
Beau Jack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 79 (1921-2000)
23
91 45
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
24
72 32
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
age 61
25
49 18
Kostya Tszyu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added age 50