Boxing 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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1
850 151
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

2
656 304
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

3
535 240
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 60

4
566 235
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

5
840 423
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

6
381 193
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 76 (1912-1988)

7
753 592
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

8
384 185
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

9
374 213
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

10
339 190
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

11
258 87
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

12
227 170
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 47

13
187 86
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 85 (1927-2012)

14
203 70
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
ChueyDuarte added age 64

15
154 89
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1926-2003)

16
158 96
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 75 (1938-2013)

17
149 96
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

18
117 73
Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 38

19
114 88
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1901-1981)

20
92 33
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added age 60

21
86 73
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 58 (1909-1967)

22
92 35
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

23
73 58
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 97 (1907-2004)

24
70 57
Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 75 (1917-1992)

25
70 46
Ted
Died at 77 (1893-1970)

26
62 69
Barbados Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 62 (1873-1935)

27
88 70
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 49

28
51 53
Fritzie Zivic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 71 (1913-1984)

29
65 77
Saúl Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

30
39 49
Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 86

31
40 44
Tommy Ryan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 78 (1870-1948)

32
34 48
Timothy Bradley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

33
41 48
Jack Britton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1885-1962)

34
33 51
Marcos Maidana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

35
38 45
Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 88 (1905-1993)

36
30 51
Sergio Martínez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

37
16 18
Jack Kid Berg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 82 (1909-1991)

38
30 49
Kell Brook is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 32

39
22 39
Keith Thurman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 30

40
6 17
Dixie Kid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 51 (1883-1934)

41
20 42
Lou Brouillard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 73 (1911-1984)

42
5 18
Mysterious Billy Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 66 (1871-1937)

43
11 41
Austin Trout is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 33

44
18 42
Jackie Fields is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 79 (1908-1987)

45
44 95
Amir Khan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
mohammed saad added age 32

46
11 40
Manuel Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added

47
16 52
Robert Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

48
25 40
Luis Manuel Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 59 (1937-1996)

49
15 58
Antonio Margarito is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

50
22 39
Harry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 70 (1886-1956)