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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)

2
577 251
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

3
466 197
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 59

4
488 192
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

5
668 352
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

6
330 154
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Henry Armstrong Died at 76 (1912-1988)

7
625 492
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

8
317 150
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

9
294 158
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

10
317 178
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

11
196 68
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

12
204 142
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Shane Mosley age 46

13
163 73
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Carmen Basilio Died at 85 (1927-2012)

14
136 78
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Kid Gavilán Died at 77 (1926-2003)

The Best Boxers of All Time

15
156 50
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
ChueyDuarte added Marvelous Marvin Hagler age 63

16
131 83
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

17
133 91
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Emile Griffith Died at 75 (1938-2013)

18
94 55
Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Miguel Cotto age 37

19
94 81
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Mickey Walker Died at 80 (1901-1981)

20
69 22
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added Wilfred Benítez age 59

21
64 22
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

The Best Martial Artists in History

22
68 69
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Barney Ross Died at 58 (1909-1967)

23
63 48
Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Charley Burley Died at 75 (1917-1992)

24
59 54
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jimmy McLarnin Died at 97 (1907-2004)

25
56 55
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)

26
59 42
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Ted "Kid" Lewis Died at 77 (1893-1970)

27
60 49
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Roy Jones Jr. age 48

28
27 27
Timothy Bradley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

The Best Heavyweight Boxers of All Time

29
42 48
Fritzie Zivic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Fritzie Zivic Died at 71 (1913-1984)

30
36 41
Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Tony DeMarco age 85

31
42 57
Saúl Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

32
34 39
Tommy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Tommy Ryan Died at 78 (1870-1948)

33
36 42
Jack Britton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Britton Died at 77 (1885-1962)

34
35 38
Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Young Corbett III Died at 88 (1905-1993)

35
24 36
Marcos Maidana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

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36
25 39
Sergio Martínez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

37
24 35
Kell Brook is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Kell Brook age 31

38
11 15
Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Kid Berg Died at 82 (1909-1991)

39
16 26
Keith Thurman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Keith Thurman age 29

40
19 37
Lou Brouillard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Lou Brouillard Died at 73 (1911-1984)

41
3 13
Mysterious Billy Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Mysterious Billy Smith Died at 66 (1871-1937)

42
7 30
Austin Trout is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Austin Trout age 32

43
11 32
Manuel Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Manuel Gonzalez

44
15 37
Jackie Fields is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jackie Fields Died at 79 (1908-1987)

45
12 36
Robert Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

46
30 71
Amir Khan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
mohammed saad added Amir Khan age 31

47
2 13
Dixie Kid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dixie Kid Died at 51 (1883-1934)

48
8 34
Antonio Margarito is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

49
22 33
Luis Manuel Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Luis Manuel Rodríguez Died at 59 (1937-1996)

50
18 34
Harry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Harry Lewis Died at 70 (1886-1956)