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 July 2014
Welterweight Division Champion:
- Record: 46 (26) - 0
- Next Fight: Rematch vs. Marcos Maidana on Sept 13.
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 a close, but clear and certainly deserved, decision. He's continuing to alternate between divisions basically every fight, which is why he's our only multiple-division champion right now. Although, depending on what happens after the Maidana rematch, his two-division status could be in jeopardy.
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 is theoretically on the table now should Marquez defeat Alvarado.
- Shawn Porter - Shawn Porter has had his share of detractors, but I think he has removed most of them at this point. Took care of business against Devon Alexander in his breakout win, and then absolutely throttled Paulie Malignaggi in what was projected as an even fight. Faces Kell Brook next.
- 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. Weighing 165 lbs, he nearly scored a monumental upset. We had him even with Mayweather through 8 rounds, but Floyd closed the show to earn the win. Maidana wanted a rematch, and he got one.
- 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.
- 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? And yes, we have Marquez ranked higher pound for pound than both Pacquiao and Bradley.
- 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. Would be nice to see him sort things out with Shawn Porter to determine a potential challenger for Mayweather.
- Amir Khan - Khan looked strong in his welterweight debut against Luis Collazo. Khan dominated the fight with his speed, combinations, and yes, his clinching and holding. Khan still is clamoring for Mayweather, but a win over the likes of Brook, or a rematch with Maidana, would be what he needs to really earn that date.
- Kell Brook - Brook is still undefeated, and has a great combination of size, skill, speed and power. He's also looking to come to the states to start turning things up a notch, but isn't that past due already? Lost a ton of momentum after fights with Devon Alexander were planned and cancelled on multiple occasions. Defeated Vyacheslav Senchenko and is still searching for a real breakout opportunity, a chance he'll finally get against Porter this summer.
- 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. Now Alexander the Great will likely have an even harder time finding a big name dance partner. Came back with a dominant effort over Jesus Soto-Karass.
More Names to Watch
Luis Collazo, Andre Berto, Paulie Malignaggi, Brandon Rios, Jesus Soto-Karass, Josesito Lopez, Victor Ortiz, Selcuk Aydin, Kevin Bizier, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Mike Jones, Jan Zaveck, Joshua Clottey, Luis Carlos Abregu, Carson Jones, Rafal Jackiewicz, Said Ouali, Jackson Osei Bonsu, Jo Jo Dan, Brad Solomon