Combat Sports 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!
list ordered by
1
945 171
Sugar Ray Robinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)
2
737 340
Sugar Ray Leonard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
3
589 280
Thomas Hearns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 60
4
641 272
Roberto Durán is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
5
996 480
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
6
438 206
Henry Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 76 (1912-1988)
7
848 678
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
8
435 202
Pernell Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
9
424 241
Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
10
378 213
Félix Trinidad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
11
315 103
Julio César Chávez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
12
214 91
Carmen Basilio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)
13
254 193
Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 47
14
183 95
Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1926-2003)
15
183 101
Emile Griffith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 75 (1938-2013)
16
133 90
Mickey Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 80 (1901-1981)
17
160 106
José Nápoles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
18
128 90
Miguel Cotto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 38
19
101 76
Barney Ross is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 58 (1909-1967)
20
108 41
Wilfred Benítez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
SergioA.ColonMedina added age 60
21
114 48
Juan Manuel Márquez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
22
78 66
Jimmy McLarnin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 97 (1907-2004)
23
82 66
Charley Burley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
Died at 75 (1917-1992)
24
81 50
Ted
Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)
25
104 82
Roy Jones Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Welterweight Boxers of All Time
age 49