15 Shane Mosley
AN awesome lightweight who cleaned out the division, Mosley twice beat De La Hoya (at welterweight and light-middle, the second time was hugely controversial) and holds wins over Antonio Margarito, Fernando Vargas, Luis Collazo and Ricardo Mayorga. Defeats to Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather are relevant but came well past his dazzling peak, although Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright were each twice too much for him.
14 Miguel Cotto
BECAME Puerto Rico’s only four-weight champ in the timespan, winning belts at light-welter, welterweight, light-middle and now at middleweight. He was more vulnerable at 140lbs and involved in some thrilling wars. The fights did not get any easier at 147 and 154 but his resilience seemed to improve. He’s been at the highest level for more than a decade, guarantees excitement and is an icon to his countrymen.
13 Felix Trinidad
THE Puerto Rican idol lost three of his last five and his win over De La Hoya was disputed, but in the 1990s he was awesome. Pernell Whitaker managed to go the distance with him but David Reid was never the same again, while Fernando Vargas, Oba Carr and Yory Boy Campas were all stopped by a devastating welterweight who rose to win a world crown at middle.
12 Erik Morales
“EL TERRIBLE” was able to add a win over Manny Pacquiao (against two losses) to one victory out of three against Marco Antonio Barrera. He debuted at the age of just 16 in 1993 and quality wins over the likes of Wayne McCullough, Junior Jones, Paulie Ayala, Jesus Chavez, Carlos Hernandez, In-Jin Chi, Kevin Kelley and Guty Espadas Jnr followed.
11 Marco Antonio Barrera
THE exciting Mexican warrior was reborn after two losses to Junior Jones. He debuted a month before the opening date of this list so his big wins over Naseem Hamed, Morales (two out of three), Johnny Tapia, Kevin Kelley, Kennedy McKinney and many others make him a hugely relevant name from the last 25 years.