Pernell Whitaker is an American former professional boxer and current boxing trainer….who won a silver medal as a lightweight at the 1982 Amateur World Championships…..a gold at the 1983 Pan American Games and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In his professional career, Whitaker won world titles in four different weight divisions. During his career he fought a multitude of world champions such as Julio César Chávez, Oscar De La Hoya and Félix Trinidad. For his achievements, Whitaker was named the 1989 Fighter of the year by The Ring magazine.
Whitaker is a former WBA light middleweight champion….a WBC welterweight champion….an IBF light welterweight champion….and a WBC/WBA/IBF and NABF lightweight champion….and is heralded as one of the top five lightweights of all time.
After retiring, Whitaker returned to the sport as a trainer. Among his trained boxers are Zab Judah, Dorin Spivey, Joel Julio and Calvin Brock. In 2002, The Ring ranked him tenth in their list of “The 100 Greatest Fighters of the Last 80 Years”. On December 7, 2006, Whitaker was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility.