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Boxing pros pay tribute to Pernell Whitaker

The boxing world mourns the loss of one of the greats.

Pernell Whitaker portrait

News broke this morning that the great Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was killed in Virginia Beach at the age of 55, and in the hours since, tributes have been pouring in from the boxing world.

Whitaker, who retired with a record of 40-4-1 (17 KO) and was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, was one of the true great technicians in boxing history, one of the finest fighters ever, and has inspired legions of fighters over the last few decades, many of whom have tried to emulate his style to one degree or another, with varying success. It’s not as simple as just watching and copying with someone as great as Whitaker was, after all. If you’re a younger boxing fan and maybe have never seen Pernell compete, think of the influence Floyd Mayweather’s had on the modern game and how many fighters try to be like him in terms of in-ring style, mostly failing. It was the same with Whitaker. There are some things you just can’t duplicate.

Here are some of the tributes that have gone out to Whitaker this morning from those in boxing:

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