Here’s a current breakdown of the best welterweights in the world. It’s one of the classic boxing divisions, and it’s also one of the most crowded today. A lot of the top fighters have met each other, but there are more great fights that need to be made. In the meantime, here are the top 10 boxers in the welterweight division today.
Welterweight division rankings (147 lbs.) last updated December 2014
Welterweight Division Champion:
- Record: 47 (26) - 0
- Next Fight: TBD
Floyd Mayweather turned back the challenge of Robert Guerrero with ease, and then he put on a master performance against Saul Canelo Alvarez. Marcos Maidana gave him all he could handle, but he survived that challenge and won with far more ease in the unnecessary rematch. As he's apparently declaring Welterweight his sole home, he's no longer our Junior Middleweight Champion.
Top 10 Welterweight Contenders
- Manny Pacquiao - The comeback win against Brandon Rios did what it was supposed to, get Pacquiao moving in the right direction once again. He righted the wrong against Timothy Bradley, even though it was a closer fight this time. A fifth fight with Marquez was supposed to happen, but instead, Pacquiao faced Chris Algieri, and waltzed past him, scoring six knockdowns. Beyond endless and purposeless Mayweather rumors, there's also talk he could drop to 140 lbs.
- Amir Khan - Khan leapfrogs much of the division with his dominant showing against Devon Alexander. He looked strong in his welterweight debut against Luis Collazo, controlling the fight with his speed, combinations, and yes, his clinching and holding. Looked even better, against a better opponent, when he cruised past Alexander. He's still clamoring for Mayweather, and the win over Alexander may just have been good enough to get him his much-desired fight.
- Kell Brook - Brook has long shown tantalizing potential, with a great combination of size, skill, speed and power. But he lost a ton of momentum after fights with Alexander were planned and cancelled on multiple occasions. Finally got that big moment with a chance to come stateside and challenge Shawn Porter, scoring a huge upset and a breakout win. He's immediately one of the top contenders in the world at the weight right now on the strength of that win. Now though, he's recouping from a crazy stabbing incident, leaving him on the shelf for an extended period, and raising some questions about his future.
- Timothy Bradley - Timothy Bradley repositioned himself as one of the division's best with his tough and hard-fought win over Juan Manuel Marquez. Came up short against Pacquiao in the rematch, but probably feels all the better for it anyway, being able to move on with his life. Ended 2015 with a draw against Diego Chaves, in a fight he likely should have won. What goes around, comes around, with bad decisions in boxing, eh Tim?
- Juan Manuel Marquez - Marquez finally has his victory over Manny Pacquiao, and what a victory it was! One punch turned the lights out and left Pacquiao face down on the canvas for minutes. He came up short against Bradley, and certainly wasn't happy with the verdict, but he's still in a position to land any fight he chooses - a rematch with Bradley? A 5th fight against Pacquiao? Easily handled Mike Alvarado in his last outing.
- Keith Thurman - Thurman rose to prominence while taking on absolutely nobody of note. Finally stepped in there with a live dog when he met, and trounced, Jesus Soto-Karass. Can't argue with that "One Time" power. Julio Diaz win doesn't mean much. Dominated Leonard Bundu. Would still be nice to see him and Shawn Porter sort things out. Of course, a fight against Brook could declare the division's future kingpin.
- Shawn Porter - Maybe it was only inevitable that Shawn Porter would come back down to earth. After taking care of business against Alexander in his breakout win, and then absolutely throttling Paulie Malignaggi in what was projected as an even fight, he suffers the first loss of his career against Kell Brook. Interesting to see what's next for Porter.
- Marcos Maidana -Maidana became a lot of people's favorite boxer when he smashed Adrien Broner, handing the Problem his first career defeat. He earned even more fans with his strong showing against the pound for pound king, but was more limited in the rematch and wasn't able to accomplish much.
- Robert Guerrero - Guerrero gets back into the top 10 following his return to action, and thrilling battle against Yoshihiro Kamegai. You may have wanted, for Guerrero's sake, a cleaner and easier evening, but what heart and grit shown by both men in that outing. The Ghost is back in the fray in the always-stacked 147 lbs scene.
- Devon Alexander - After so many big fight delays, cancellations and who knows what else, Alexander took a fight against Shawn Porter which was supposed to help him bide his time until somebody, anybody, came calling. Didn't work out that way, of course. Came back with a dominant effort over Jesus Soto-Karass, and then lost handily to Khan. The division is deep and a lot of potential fighters could sneak into this final position here, but we'll take Alexander's track record and experience over, say, Sadam Ali's one noteworthy win.
More Names to Watch
Sadam Ali, Luis Collazo, Andre Berto, Paulie Malignaggi, Brandon Rios, Mike Alvarado, Jesus Soto-Karass, Josesito Lopez, Leonard Bundu, Frankie Gavin, Luis Carlos Abregu, Victor Ortiz, Selcuk Aydin, Kevin Bizier, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Mike Jones, Jan Zaveck, Carson Jones, Rafal Jackiewicz, Said Ouali, Jackson Osei Bonsu, Jo Jo Dan, Brad Solomon