Pernell Whitaker vs. Oscar De La Hoya
1997-04-12 : Pernell Whitaker 146½ lbs lost to Oscar De La Hoya 146½ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Mills Lane
- Judge: Chuck Giampa 111-115
- Judge: Jerry Roth 110-116
- Judge: Dalby Shirley 110-116
- De La Hoya was a 3-1 favorite.
- De La Hoya earned $10 million and Whitaker got $6 million.
- There was a crowd of 12,200.
- In the third round, De La Hoya suffered a cut under his right eye from an accidental headbutt. As a result, Whitaker had a point deducted. WBC rules state: "When a boxer suffers a cut, abrasion, or excessive swelling due to an unintentional/accidental head butt....A point will be deducted from the uninjured boxer. This point deduction will compensate the advantages acquired by the uninjured boxer."
- De La Hoya suffered a flash knockdown in the ninth. He was caught off balance by a left from Whitaker and his right glove touched the canvas.
- Whitaker landed 232 of 582 punches to 191 of 556 for De La Hoya. Of Whitaker's punches that connected, 160 were jabs to 45 for De La Hoya.
- According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal poll of writers who covered the fight, 14 scored it for Whitaker, 11 for De La Hoya, and one scored it a draw.
- The fight generated 720,000 pay-per-view buys and $28.8 million in PPV revenue.
- "De La Hoya has tough battle, but gets by Whitaker" by Tim Dahlberg, The Associated Press, April 13, 1997
- "Whitaker feels robbed as De La Hoya takes belt" The Associated Press, April 14, 1997
- "De La Hoya Proves He Can Win Ugly" by Tim Kawakami, The Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1997
- "Top Pay Per View Events in Boxing History: Oscar De La Hoya Really is The Golden Boy" by Andrew Eisele, About.com
- World Boxing Council Rules For Championship Fights