Sweet Pea

By William Trillo

It’s hard to put into words how I felt when I heard about the tragic and untimely passing of the great champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. For years I followed his storied career and was always amazed at how he so gracefully performed in the ring. Without question he is one the all time best.

I was fortunate enough to have met Pernell a few years back at a Main Events promoted show. My lasting impression of that night was how he casually walked around the event seemingly unaware that everyone was in awe of his presence. He was humble almost to the point of appearing timid as those in attendance clamored to meet the champ.

His accomplishments in the ring speak for themselves. From his Olympic Gold Medal performance through his outstanding career “Sweet Pea” always carried himself with an unmatched dignity that spoke volumes for who this man was.

We here at Pound4Pound send out our heartfelt condolences to his entire family.

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