Pernell Whitaker vs. Wilfredo Rivera (1st meeting)
1996-04-12 : Pernell Whitaker 147 lbs beat Wilfredo Rivera 147 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Atlantis Casino, Cupecoy Bay, Sint Maarten
- Referee: Larry O'Connell
- Judge: Tamotsu Tomihara 116-111
- Judge: George St. Aude 115-113
- Judge: Barbara Perez 112-115
- World Boxing Council Welterweight Title (6th defense by Whitaker)
- Whitaker was a 5-2 favorite.
- Rivera was rated #1 by the WBC.
- Whitaker and Rivera fought before 1,000 invited casino guests on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
- Whitaker landed 187 of 511 punches (37%) and Rivera connected on 193 of 686 (28%).
- HBO judge Harold Lederman scored the fight 115-113 for Rivera.
- Michael Katz of the New York Daily News scored the fight 116-113 for Whitaker.
- Whitaker blamed his poor performance on the flu.