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
802 139
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
619 285
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

3
503 221
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Thomas Hearns age 60

4
526 220
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

5
790 393
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

6
355 182
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
704 561
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

8
360 173
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

9
350 198
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

10
324 177
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

11
228 79
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

12
219 156
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Shane Mosley age 47

13
175 82
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
182 60
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
144 85
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
140 89
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

17
146 92
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
111 61
Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Miguel Cotto age 38

19
104 84
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
85 26
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

21
83 26
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
76 72
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
64 56
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 53
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
57 62
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
79 56
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Roy Jones Jr. age 49

27
62 43
Ted
Ted "Kid" Lewis Died at 77 (1893-1970)

28
44 50
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
32 40
Timothy Bradley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

30
36 46
Tony DeMarco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Tony DeMarco age 86

31
55 72
Saúl Álvarez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

32
36 41
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
30 44
Marcos Maidana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

34
37 45
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 42
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 46
Sergio Martínez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

37
13 16
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 44
Kell Brook is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Kell Brook age 32

39
20 35
Keith Thurman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Keith Thurman age 30

40
4 15
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
19 40
Lou Brouillard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Lou Brouillard Died at 73 (1911-1984)

42
11 37
Austin Trout is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Austin Trout age 33

43
17 40
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
11 37
Manuel Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
BZelley added Manuel Gonzalez

45
3 16
Mysterious Billy Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Mysterious Billy Smith Died at 66 (1871-1937)

46
36 87
Amir Khan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
mohammed saad added Amir Khan age 32

47
14 49
Robert Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

48
13 50
Antonio Margarito is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time

49
22 38
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
19 38
Harry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Harry Lewis Died at 70 (1886-1956)