Originally Posted by sweet_scientist
If Floyd is in the fight, it would be due more to speed than skill. He is clearly not as skilled as Whitaker.
I'll agree that Floyd doesn't have that innate radar that Pernell had to avoid incoming punches plus his footwork isn't nearly as good as Whitakers either but that low left hand, shoulder roll is a hard skill to execute for as long as Floyd has and I don't think I've seen anyone do it as successfully as Mayweather either. Plus his ability to counter off the roll is beautiful to watch (it even made his mismatch with Gatti worth a look).
Floyd has very good speed but it isn't his greatest strength it's his ability to combine his defense with a deadly accurate offense with sets him apart from the pack and likely would make a fight between them pretty close (given that Pernell possessed a much higher workrate).
Pernell and Floyd are both absolute masters of their craft all be it employing differing and unique styles but both are very,very highly skilled.