The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time Boxers

The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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List Criteria: 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

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    Sugar Ray Robinson Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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


    Sugar Ray Leonard Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America

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


    Thomas Hearns Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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


    Roberto Durán Guararé, Panama

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    Columbus, Mississippi, United States of America

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    Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Manny Pacquiáo Kibawe, Philippines

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    Virginia, United States of America

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

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    Floyd Mayweather Jr. Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

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    Fajardo, Puerto Rico

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    East Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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


    Julio César Chávez Ciudad Obregón, Mexico

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


    Shane Mosley Lynwood, California, United States of America

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    Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

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    Berrocal, Spain

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


    Carmen Basilio Canastota, New York, United States of America

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    Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Emile Griffith Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

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    Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChueyDuarte
    Marvelous Marvin Hagler Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Mickey Walker Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America

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    Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

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    Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Barney Ross New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Charley Burley Bessemer, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Hillsborough, United Kingdom

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    Ted


    Ted "Kid" Lewis London, United Kingdom

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    Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Juan Manuel Márquez Mexico City, Mexico

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    Demerara, Guyana

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    added by SergioA.ColonMedina
    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Tommy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Tommy Ryan Redwood, New York, United States of America

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    Jack Britton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Jack Britton United States of America

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    Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Young Corbett III Potenza, Italy

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    Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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    Margarita, Argentina

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


    Saúl Álvarez Guadalajara, Mexico

  34. 34
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    Cathedral City, California, United States of America

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


    Lou Brouillard Québec, Canada

  36. 36
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    Avellaneda, Argentina

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    Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Roy Jones Jr. Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

  38. 38
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    Jackie Fields is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Jackie Fields Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    Austin Trout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time


    Austin Trout Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States of America

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    London, United Kingdom

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

    added by mohammed saad
    Amir Khan Bolton, United Kingdom

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    Gilroy, California, United States of America

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


    Kell Brook Sheffield, United Kingdom

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    Clearwater, Florida, United States of America

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    Fulton, Missouri, United States of America

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    Little River, Digby, Nova Scotia

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    Torrance, California, United States of America

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    Camagüey, Cuba

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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