Mayweather, Pacquiao, Chavez, no Stevenson: 10 best super featherweights of all time ranked

  • Tom Ward
Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez

Shakur Stevenson will make the first defence of his unified WBC and WBO super featherweight titles against Robson Conceicao in New Jersey on September 23.

It will be the American ace’s first fight since his impressive win over Oscar Valdez in April.

Stevenson, 25, is eager to show he is a step above the rest against a proven opponent who won gold at the 2016 Olympics.

Brazilian challenger Conceicao is based in Los Angeles and has won all but one of his 18 career fights.

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He’s eight years older than Stevenson and will be looking to produce an upset later this week.

A native of Newark, Stevenson has long been heralded as the second coming of Floyd Mayweather at 130.

Should the American get the better of Nino, he’ll surely move one step closer to his goal of becoming one of the best super-featherweights to ever do it.

Floyd Mayweather is widely regarded as the greatest fighter of his generation
Floyd Mayweather is widely regarded as the greatest fighter of his generation

So with that in mind, GiveMeSport thought it’d be a good idea to go through the greatest 130-pounders of all time.

Thankfully the good folks at Boxing News have done all the hard work for us.

Check out the list below…

10. Bobby Chacon

Wins: 59 (47 KOs), Losses: 7, Draws: 1
1972-1988 (USA)

Bobby Chacon is a name which may sound unfamiliar to some boxing fans – despite engaging in brutal and bloody wars with the likes of Rafael Limon and Cornelius Boza-Edwards respectively.

In fact, he fought Limon four times during his career – in which he bested his bitter rival on two separate occasions.

Julio Cesar Chavez vs Hector Camacho
Julio Cesar Chavez in action against Hector Camacho, circa 1992

9. Julio Cesar Chavez

Wins: 107 (86 KOs), Losses: 6, Draws: 2
1980-2005 (Mexico)

Julio Cesar Chavez is without a doubt one of Mexico’s most famous superstars outside of the ring.

In the ring, he was a three-weight world champion, a two-time WBC super-lightweight champion, a two-time unified lightweight champion and a Boxing Hall of Fame member.

8. Brian Mitchell

Wins: 45 (21 KOs), Losses: 1, Draws: 3
1981-1995 (South Africa)

Like Chacon, Brian Mitchell’s name may not be the most memorable, but he is equally deserving of his name on this list.

Mitchell was a three-time super-featherweight world champion, a WBA and IBF super-featherweight champion throughout his career.

7. Genaro Hernandez

Wins: 38 (17 KOs), Losses: 2, Draws: 1
1984-1998 (USA)

A former lightweight title challenger, a two-time super-featherweight and lineal super-featherweight champion, Genaro Hernandez arguably doesn’t get the respect that he deserves.

Indeed were it not for a certain Mayweather he probably would have been higher up on the list.

Manny Pacquiao
Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement after defeat to Yordenis Ugas

6. Manny Pacquaio

Wins: 62 (39 KOs), Losses: 8, Draws: 2
1995-2021 (Phillipines)

The first of two Filipinos on this list but arguably the most famous of them all, Manny Pacquiao made super-featherweight his home for three years before moving up to lightweight.

Pac Man graced the ring with fellow legends such as Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez.

5. Azumah Nelson

Wins: 38 (27 KOs), Losses: 6, Draws: 2
1979-2008 (Ghana)

Nelson claimed the WBC 130lb belt with a split decision nod over Mario Martinez in 1998.

He went on to defend the title a further ten times, beating the likes of Jeff Fenech, Juan Laporte and Jim McDonnell along the way.

4. Gabriel Elorde

Wins: 89 (33 KOs), Losses: 27, Draws: 2
1951-1971 (Phillipines)

‘Flash’ Elorde, or to give him his real name Gabriel Elorde, was a Filipino professional boxer who competed from 1951 to 1971.

But don’t judge him by his record – he claimed the world title against Harold Gomes back in 1960 and defended it a whopping ten times.

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3. Floyd Mayweather

Wins: 50 (27 KOs), Losses: 0
1996-2017 (USA)

Without question, Mayweather is one of the best boxers to ever set foot in the squared circle.

Whether he was competing against Diego Corrales, Carlos Hernandez or Jesus Chavez, ‘Pretty Boy’ always made sure to put on an A+ performance for the fans.

2. Eligio Sardinas Montalvo

Wins: 136 (51 KOs), Losses: 10, Draws: 6
1927-1938 (Cuba)

More commonly known as ‘Kid Chocolate’, Eligio Sardinas Montalvo is regarded by many as one of the best super featherweights of all time.

That’s largely because of his body of work at 130lbs after he became Cuba’s first world champion following victory over Benny Bass in 1931.

1. Alexis Arguello

Wins: 77 (62 KOs), Losses: 8
1968-1995 (Nicaragua)

The Nicaraguan is ranked among fans and journalists as the best super featherweight of all time.

He had a career that spanned two decades during which time he won world titles in three different weight divisions.

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