Name: Pernell Whitaker
Alias: Sweet Pea
Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Height: 5′ 6″ / 168cm
Reach: 69″ / 175cm
Boxing Record: click
Manager: Shelly Finkel
Trainers: George Benton and Lou Duva
- Amateur Record: 201-14
- 1982 National AAU Lightweight Champion. Results:
- Lightweight Silver Medalist for the United States at the 1982 World Championships in Munich, Germany. Results:
- Ismaldi Pineda (Colombia) W 3 (5-0)
- Christopher Ossai (Nigeria) W 3 (3-2)
- Hussein Khalili (Kenya) W 3 (5-0)
- Milivoj Labudovic (Yugoslavia) W 3 (5-0)
- Angel Herrera (Cuba) L 3 (2-3)
- Lightweight Gold Medalist for the United States at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracus, Venezuela. Results:
- Lightweight Gold Medalist for the United States at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Results:
- Has a record of 19-3-1 (4 KO) in world title fights.
- Has a record of 14-3-1 (3 KO) against former, current or future world titlists.
- Won against Alfredo Layne, Roger Mayweather, Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez, Freddie Pendleton, Azumah Nelson, Juan Nazario, Jorge Paez, Rafael Pineda, James (Buddy) McGirt (twice), Julio Cesar Vasquez, Jake Rodriguez, Diosbelys Hurtado,
- Lost against Jose Luis Ramirez, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad
- Drew against Julio Cesar Chavez
Minor & Regional Titles
- NABF Lightweight Title vs. Roger Mayweather on March 28, 1987
- USBA Lightweight Title vs. Miguel Santana on July 25, 1987
Awards & Recognition
- Named The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year and the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year for 1989.
- Named the 3rd greatest lightweight of all-time in the September 2001 issue of The Ring Magazine.
- Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007 and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Whitaker is often called Pete by his family and friends. When he was an amateur, they would chant "Sweet Pete" during his bouts. A local newspaper reporter misheard the chant and wrote that the crowd was chanting "Sweet Pea." After it appeared in the newspaper, the "Sweet Pea" nickname stuck.
- Whitaker trained Zab Judah for his fights with Kaizer Mabuza and Amir Khan.
| IBF Lightweight Champion
1989 Feb 18 – 1992
Julio Cesar Chavez
| WBC Lightweight Champion
1989 Aug 20 – 1992
Miguel Angel Gonzalez
| WBA Lightweight Champion
1990 Aug 11 – 1992
| IBF Light Welterweight Champion
1992 Jul 18 – 1993
James (Buddy) McGirt
| WBC Welterweight Champion
1993 Mar 6 – 1997 Apr 12
Oscar De La Hoya
Julio Cesar Vasquez
| WBA Light Middleweight Champion
1995 Mar 4 – 1995