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Weight Categories: Welterweight
Featuring the likes of Mayweather and Pacquiao
Posted Sep 29, 2011 by Chris White
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Arguably the best weight division in terms of the skill of the boxer, the welterweight category is one of the hardest to dominate, with so many fighters plying their trade at this level at some stage of their career, including possibly the best welterweight ever – Sugar Ray Robinson.
Weighing in between 140 and 147 pounds, (63.5kg and 66.7kg), this is the “average” weight division if you like. Henry Armstrong remains the record holder for the most title defences at welterweight level, with 18, while Felix Trinidad is the record-holder for the longest reigning champion, hanging on to his IBF title for six years, eighteen months and fourteen days.
As I mentioned, there have been so many great fighters at this level. The list includes the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar de la Hoya, and Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. But some of the very best deserve a bit more of a mention.
Floyd Mayweather Jr is the current WBC Welterweight champion having just defended his title against Victor Ortiz in a controversial fight in September 2011. Mayweather has won ten world titles across five divisions and three different weight classes. Before his retirement – that was later overturned – he was regarded by nearly every part of the media as the best “pound-for-pound” boxer.
Another to have been given that tag is the current WBO Welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino is the very first eight-division world champion and, like Mayweather, he has ten world titles to his name. In the 2000s, Pacquiao was named as the “fighter of the decade”, and could be set for a fight with Mayweather in the near future.
Now that I for one would love to see.