Most if not all of you most likely dont even recognize the name of one of the greatest fighters of all time.

I believe its because he never made alot of unnecessary "NOISE" didnt rage whine or complain or toot his own horn. He just fought and won and was one of the best.

He won World Titles in 4 weight class's most notably the welterweight and he was an Olympic Champion for the USA. I remember well the years he fought and watched him many times.

When a casual sports fan is asked to name the recent legends of boxing, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather might come to mind. Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker won’t make the list — and that’s a shame.

Whitaker, 55, died Sunday night
after being hit by car while walking through an intersection in Virginia Beach, Va. Whitaker was reportedly wearing dark clothing when he was struck. He died at the scene.

A native of nearby Norfolk, Whitaker was one of the most admired fighters by those who follow the sport. A world amateur champion in 1983, Whitaker was part of the storied 1984 Olympic boxing team that captured a record nine gold medals at the Olympics in Los Angeles.

Using his fast hands and unsolvable defense, Whitaker breezed through the 132-pound division to win gold. He then signed with New Jersey-based Main Events along with Holyfield, Mark Breland, Tyrell Biggs and Meldrick Taylor.

Under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer George Benton, Whitaker became a dominant force, capturing the lineal and WBC welterweight championship in 1993 by defeating James “Buddy” McGirt. He would go on to win titles in four weight classes.