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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:27 AM

RIP Pernell Whitaker

"Sweet Pea" Whitaker, one of boxing's all-time great champions, was killed while crossing a street in Virginia Beach last night. He was 55.

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Reply RIP Pernell Whitaker (Original post)
H2O Man Jul 2019 OP
underpants Jul 2019 #1
H2O Man Jul 2019 #2
True Dough Jul 2019 #3
H2O Man Jul 2019 #4
True Dough Jul 2019 #6
H2O Man Jul 2019 #7
True Dough Jul 2019 #5
H2O Man Jul 2019 #9
True Dough Jul 2019 #11
H2O Man Jul 2019 #12
True Dough Jul 2019 #13
H2O Man Jul 2019 #14
ADX Jul 2019 #8
H2O Man Jul 2019 #10

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:28 AM

1. Damn.

He was great.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:33 AM

2. Right.

He had defensive skills that can't be taught. And he made it look fun.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:34 AM

3. Damn!

A defensive marvel. His highlight reel is amazing to watch.

RIP.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:40 AM

4. I saw him

at the Hall of Fame in 2006. I've got some good photos of him.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:45 AM

6. He's a very deserving hall of famer!

Do you think he was the best lightweight of all time, H20 Man?

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Response to True Dough (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:51 AM

7. I think he

is at the top level of all-time great champions. There with the most elite fighters. And on any given night, he could have given any of the others hell in the ring.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:44 AM

5. For those who never had a chance to appreciate "Sweet Pea's" career

or may have forgotten...


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Response to True Dough (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:00 PM

9. I've watched this

several times today. What talent!

When I did an interview with Greg Haugen years ago, he talked about how it was impossible to hit Pea with a solid punch. Greg has the utmost respect for Whitaker.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 08:35 PM

11. Greg Haugen

Now there's a name I haven't heard in a while. Looked up his record online. Forgot that he and "Paz" had a trilogy with Vinny winning twice.

Haugen also had scored a split decision win over Hector "Macho" Camacho and then lost to Camacho by split decision in the next fight.

He TKO'd Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and got TKO'd by the great Julio Cesar Chavez.

That's all in addition to being in the ring with Sweet Pea (whom he went the distance with).

Quite the resume.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #11)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:25 PM

12. Tough, tough guy!

I've talked with him briefly this evening. He says Pea was definitely the best fighter he ever faced. He puts him as the second greatest lightweight, close behind Duran.

I'll try to find my interview with him. It was done over the phone, not face-to-face, and I could hear the amazement in his voice when he was trying to describe how impossible it was to hit Whitaker. As you know, it can be very hard to hit a skilled opponnt with two punches. But usually you make some contact with one, even if it's blocked. But he couldn't hit Whitaker. (They came, and remained, friends.)

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 09:36 PM

13. What is it you're doing interviews for, H20 Man?

Do you have a podcast? A radio show? Do you write for a magazine?

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Response to True Dough (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 08:46 AM

14. That interview

was for a boxing internet site I used to write for. I wrote for a magazine long ago. And for some newspapers. Nothing big or important, mainly for fun. But I also liked to focus on things about fighters that usually weren't reported on. And some of those interviews I did were high quality, if I say so myself.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:08 AM

8. Rest in peace, Sweet Pea...

 

...thanks for the memories...

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Response to ADX (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:03 PM

10. Unique talent.

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