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!

1
810 142
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
626 288
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

3
508 224
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 60

4
536 222
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

5
804 402
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

6
362 184
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
718 568
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

8
367 175
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

9
356 199
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

10
325 181
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

11
237 80
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

12
221 159
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Shane Mosley age 47

13
176 83
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
189 62
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
ChueyDuarte added Marvelous Marvin Hagler age 64

15
145 86
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Kid Gavilán Died at 77 (1926-2003)

16
145 90
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

17
150 93
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
112 63
Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Miguel Cotto age 38

19
107 85
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
87 28
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

21
84 28
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added Wilfred Benítez age 60

22
79 73
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
67 57
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jimmy McLarnin Died at 97 (1907-2004)

24
66 55
Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Charley Burley Died at 75 (1917-1992)

25
81 58
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Roy Jones Jr. age 49

26
58 65
Barbados Joe Walcott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Barbados Joe Walcott Died at 62 (1873-1935)

27
62 46
Ted
Ted "Kid" Lewis Died at 77 (1893-1970)

28
45 53
Fritzie Zivic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Fritzie Zivic Died at 71 (1913-1984)

29
58 73
Saúl Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

30
32 43
Timothy Bradley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

31
36 48
Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Tony DeMarco age 86

32
37 43
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
31 46
Marcos Maidana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

34
37 47
Jack Britton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jack Britton Died at 77 (1885-1962)

35
36 44
Young Corbett III is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Young Corbett III Died at 88 (1905-1993)

36
27 48
Sergio Martínez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

37
13 18
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)

38
28 48
Kell Brook is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Kell Brook age 32

39
21 37
Keith Thurman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Keith Thurman age 30

40
5 16
Dixie Kid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dixie Kid Died at 51 (1883-1934)

41
11 39
Austin Trout is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Austin Trout age 33

42
19 42
Lou Brouillard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Lou Brouillard Died at 73 (1911-1984)

43
17 42
Jackie Fields is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Jackie Fields Died at 79 (1908-1987)

44
4 18
Mysterious Billy Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Mysterious Billy Smith Died at 66 (1871-1937)

45
38 89
Amir Khan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
mohammed saad added Amir Khan age 32

46
11 38
Manuel Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Manuel Gonzalez

47
15 50
Robert Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

48
14 50
Antonio Margarito is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

49
24 39
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
20 39
Harry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Harry Lewis Died at 70 (1886-1956)