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 March 2015
Welterweight Division Champion:
- Record: 47 (26) – 0
- Next Fight: May 2nd vs. Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather turned back the challenge of Robert Guerrero with ease, and then he put on a master performance against Canelo Alvarez. Marcos Maidana gave him a tough night, but he survived that challenge and won with far more ease in the unnecessary rematch. Finally, fight fans get Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, and an end to the nonstop rumors and waiting along the way.
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. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao next.
- 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 still not getting it.
- 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. Faces Jo Jo Dan next, before looking to a bigger fight this summer.
- 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. Took care of business with a one-sided win over Robert Guerrero. Hopefully it’s all big fights from here on out for Thurman.
- 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 there. Left on the outside looking in once again, as Pacquiao-Marquez V didn’t come together. Could be Kell Brook next, or a rematch with Timothy Bradley.
- 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. Scored a win over a last-minute sub on Spike TV, and now looking for a big fight.
- 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 got 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. Lost to Keith Thurman and clearly didn’t have the kind of performance he was hoping for there at the start of the fight. Still deserves a spot in the top 10 ahead of Berto, who he defeated, or the likes of Brandon Rios or Devon Alexander.
- Andre Berto – Andre Berto finally scored a big enough win to return to the top 10 of the division, by stopping Josesito Lopez in an exciting encounter. But he certainly still showed some of his flaws in that fight, too. So, what’s next for Berto, and even with the win, does he have what it takes to get back to the top at 147 lbs?
More Names to Watch
Brandon Rios, Devon Alexander, Sadam Ali, Luis Collazo, Diego Chaves, Paulie Malignaggi, Mike Alvarado, Jesus Soto-Karass, Josesito Lopez, Leonard Bundu, Frankie Gavin, Luis Carlos Abregu, Selcuk Aydin,Vyacheslav Senchenko, Jo Jo Dan