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

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

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440 244
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
yodong.michael added Manny Pacquiáo age 39

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223 105
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Henry Armstrong Died at 76 (1912-1988)

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231 132
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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165 91
Benny Leonard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Benny Leonard Died at 51 (1896-1947)

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136 44
Alexis Argüello is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Alexis Argüello Died at 57 (1952-2009)

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281 297
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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196 149
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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163 123
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Shane Mosley age 46

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

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88 65
Ike Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ike Williams Died at 71 (1923-1994)

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87 54
Tony Canzoneri is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Tony Canzoneri Died at 51 (1908-1959)

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59 9
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)

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82 56
Carlos Ortíz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Carlos Ortíz age 81

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62 50
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Joe Brown Died at 71 (1926-1997)

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76 37
Aaron Pryor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Aaron Pryor age 62

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83 57
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Barney Ross Died at 58 (1909-1967)

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

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

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61 45
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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Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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José Luis Castillo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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37 16
Esteban Dejesus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Esteban Dejesus

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Freddie Welsh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Freddie Welsh Died at 41 (1886-1927)

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21 34
Jack McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Jack McAuliffe Died at 71 (1866-1937)

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37 24
Arturo Gatti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Paul Nyhart added Arturo Gatti Died at 37 (1972-2009)

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Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 59

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

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Packey McFarland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Packey McFarland Died at 48 (1888-1936)

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

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37 38
Ismael Laguna is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Ismael Laguna age 74

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16 14
Lew Tendler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Lew Tendler Died at 76 (1894-1970)

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

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18 8
Kostya Tszyu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Kostya Tszyu age 48

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

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Nicolino Locche is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Nicolino Locche Died at 66 (1939-2005)

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Lou Ambers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Lou Ambers Died at 82 (1913-1995)

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Kid Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Kid Chocolate Died at 78 (1910-1988)

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Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 41 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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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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19 24
Sean O'Grady is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sean O'Grady age 58

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

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Gabriel Elorde is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Gabriel Elorde Died at 50 (1935-1985)

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Pedro Carrasco is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Pedro Carrasco Died at 58 (1943-2001)

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José Luis Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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14 13
Bernard Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time

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Poli Díaz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
darren-bell added Poli Díaz

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Sammy Angott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lightweight Boxers of All Time
Sammy Angott Died at 65 (1915-1980)