‘One of the best to ever do it’: Mayweather, boxing world pays tribute to ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker

Floyd Mayweather Jr. led the tributes to all-time boxing great, former four-weight world champion, Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker, after the latter's tragic death at the age of 55 after being hit by a car on Monday.

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Mayweather, whose masterful defensive skills were likened to Whitaker's, called the southpaw "one of the best fighters to ever do it" on Instragram when the news of Whitaker's death broke, beginning his post with "RIP champ".

The Virginia Beach Police Department reported that the former long-time pound for pound king Whitaker was hit by a car in Virginia Beach on Sunday, while walking at an intersection, later died of his injuries. The incident is not being treated as a hit and run.

"When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male victim who had been hit by a vehicle. The victim succumbed to his injuries on the scene," Virginia Beach Police Department spokesman L.M. Bauder said in a statement, per ESPN. "The driver of the vehicle remained on scene with police."

Tributes have flooded in from boxing experts and former opponents, who unanimously agreed on Whitaker's unique elusive ability.

The best lightweight I ever saw passed away today. Yes, that includes Roberto Duran, Floyd Mayweather, Ike Williams, and anyone else you want to mention. RIP Pernell Whitaker.

— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) July 15, 2019

On my NY public access TV show “Max on Boxing” (1989-1998), I talked Pernell Whitaker more than any other fighter; it was basically the Pernell Whitaker show. He was the pound for pound best for half a decade, and one of the 3 greatest pure boxers who ever lived. RIP Sweet Pea.

— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) July 15, 2019

..Y un día se nos fue.
Estoy shokeado, me tomó con la guardia baja. Pensé que los inmortales como mi máximo referente boxistico se quedaría más tiempo entre nosotros. Siempre pensé eso, no se porque pero así lo pensé. Sin Read More – Source


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