Originally Posted by Arcane
Oscar had an impressive resume no doubt but Whitaker was on a whole other skill level when comparing the two, and ATG's rankings should take into account factors other then just 'wins' ie longevity/losses/general dominance.
IMO Whitaker never really lost until the coked up version got hammered around the ring by Felix Trinidad (yes having seen the fight against DLH again I do believe he got the better of Oscar) this shows what a gifted fighter Whitaker was not to say Oscar wasn't gifted and a great fighter in his own way but he did have losses during his prime (Mosley) and he got KTFO by a weight drained Hopkins.
Pernel did not do a damn thing to win that fight vs. Oscar. Oscar fought hard and while Pea made him miss alot, he was still landing alot too, and landed more clean effective punches. Not hard to see Oscar deserved that Win and luckily had semi-decent judges that night. Pea danced that fight away and Oscar took it to him.