sports The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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List Rules Only boxers who competed in the welterweight division

The best welterweight boxers of all time are the fighters who are the legends of the weight class in the history of the sport. These are those current and former welterweight boxing champions as recognized by the World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization as the absolute best at any given time.

Looking back on the early days of the welterweight class, fighters like Jack Britton, Ted "Kid" Lewis, Mickey Walker, Jackie Fields, and Jack Thompson dominated the sport in the early 20th century as they won bout after bout, often against one another. These early fighters set the stage for another generation of boxers like Henry Armstrong, Sugar Ray Robinson, Kid Gavilan, Tony DeMarco, and Jose Napoles, who saw a great deal of success during the middle of the century.

More recently, top welterweight boxers such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have taken over as the top names in the weight class with many still fighting in the class to this day. Of course these stars also compete in other weight classes, like Mayweather Jr. who is also among the best lightweight boxers of all time.

So while we can't get all of these current and historical welterweight boxers in the ring to duke it out for an all-time title, we can rank these best welterweight right here instead. Vote up the ones you love, add those not listed or re-rank these best welterweight boxers of all time. Then, head over and give your say on how they stack up against the best boxers of all time too!

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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Sugar Ray Robinson Died at 68 (1921-1989)

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Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 59

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Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Henry Armstrong Died at 76 (1912-1988)

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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

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Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Shane Mosley age 46

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Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Carmen Basilio Died at 85 (1927-2012)

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Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Kid Gavilán Died at 77 (1926-2003)

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José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Emile Griffith Died at 75 (1938-2013)

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Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Miguel Cotto age 37

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Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Mickey Walker Died at 80 (1901-1981)

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Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Barney Ross Died at 58 (1909-1967)

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Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jimmy McLarnin Died at 97 (1907-2004)

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Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Charley Burley Died at 75 (1917-1992)

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Barbados Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Barbados Joe Walcott Died at 62 (1873-1935)

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Ted "Kid" Lewis Died at 77 (1893-1970)

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Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Roy Jones Jr. age 48

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Fritzie Zivic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Fritzie Zivic Died at 71 (1913-1984)

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Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Tony DeMarco age 85

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Jack Britton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Britton Died at 77 (1885-1962)

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Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Young Corbett III Died at 88 (1905-1993)

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Tommy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Tommy Ryan Died at 78 (1870-1948)

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Timothy Bradley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Marcos Maidana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Saúl Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Sergio Martínez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Kid Berg Died at 82 (1909-1991)

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Kell Brook is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Kell Brook age 31

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Lou Brouillard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Lou Brouillard Died at 73 (1911-1984)

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Keith Thurman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Keith Thurman age 29

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Robert Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Jackie Fields is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jackie Fields Died at 79 (1908-1987)

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Manuel Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Amir Khan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Amir Khan age 31

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Antonio Margarito is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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Austin Trout is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Austin Trout age 32

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Luis Manuel Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Luis Manuel Rodríguez Died at 59 (1937-1996)

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Harry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Harry Lewis Died at 70 (1886-1956)

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Dixie Kid is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dixie Kid Died at 51 (1883-1934)

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Mysterious Billy Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Mysterious Billy Smith Died at 66 (1871-1937)