1991-10-05 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Jorge Paez, Sparks Convention Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC
1991-10-05 Pernell Whitaker w pts 12 Jorge Paez, Sparks Convention Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 115-112, 115-111, 116-110. Putting up his three titles for the third time, Whitaker (135) made a tentative start as Paez (135) swung his punches in wildly towards the target without any real conviction, while having trouble getting inside. The fight still had not taken off and by the fourth Paez was hitting and holding in an effort to close down the jab, although it did seem as though Whitaker was getting closer as he landed solidly with a right-left in the next session. Gashed over the right eye following a clash of heads in the sixth it looked as though that might be it for Paez, but the gritty little Mexican kept on coming and with the champion unable to put him away it went to the cards.
Whitaker relinquished the IBF/WBA/WBC versions of the title in March 1992 to challenge for the IBF junior welterweight crown, an action that was followed by vacant championship fights being made between Freddie Pendleton and Tracy Spann (IBF), Joey Gamache and Chil-Sung Chun (WBA) and Miguel Angel Gonzalez and Wilfrido Rocha (WBC).