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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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Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)
2
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
3
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
4
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 61
5
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
6
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1912-1988)
7
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
8
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
9
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
10
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
11
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
12
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 48
13
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)
14
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1926-2003)
15
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1938-2013)
16
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1901-1981)
17
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
18
Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 39
19
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
20
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1909-1967)
21
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added age 61
22
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 97 (1907-2004)
23
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 50
24
Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1917-1992)
25
Ted
Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)