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
887 168
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 68 (1921-1989)

2
690 326
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

3
559 263
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 60

4
596 257
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

5
935 448
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

6
410 199
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 76 (1912-1988)

7
790 640
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

8
409 192
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

9
397 225
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

10
354 198
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

11
287 95
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

12
241 176
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 47

13
198 86
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 85 (1927-2012)

14
223 74
Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
ChueyDuarte added age 64

15
166 89
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 77 (1926-2003)

16
168 96
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 75 (1938-2013)

17
152 100
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

18
120 88
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1901-1981)

19
122 79
Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 38

20
107 39
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

21
98 35
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added age 60

22
91 73
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 58 (1909-1967)

23
75 60
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 97 (1907-2004)

24
76 59
Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 75 (1917-1992)

25
71 47
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Died at 77 (1893-1970)