Pernell Whitaker was the best of the 90's.
Let's compare his career with Oscar's.
In the 90's, Whitaker continued cleaning out the lightweight division he had started washing in the 80's. He defeated Freddie Pendleton, who later went on to claim a world title. All time great, Azumah Nelson. Juan Nazario, Anthony Jones, Policarpo Diaz, and Jorge Paez.
Oscar picked up his first legitimate world title at lightweight against Rafael Ruelas. At lightweight, de la Hoya fought fighters who had mostly excelled at weights below the lightweight division. He defeated, amoung others, John John Molina, Genaro Hernandez, and Jesse James Leija.
Whitaker gets the nod in their lightweight competition.
Oscar fought Julio Cesar Chavez, and Miguel Angel Gonzalez. Whitaker defeated Rafael Pineda for his world title.
Whitaker fought Buddy McGirt to win the welterweight title. McGirt was considered to be the best 4th or 5th pound for pound at the time. He then defended againt Chavez, who was considered the best pound for pound. He was robbed of victory against Chavez, but gained recognition as boxing's best afterwards. Defeated #1 contender, Santos Cordona. Gave McGirt a rematch, because some questioned McGirt's performance with a shoulder injury. Defended against #1 contender Gary Jacobs. Took a gimme fight againt Jake Rodriguez. Won a disputed decison over Wilfredo Rivera, and gave him an immediate rematch. Fought undefeated Diosbelys Hurtado. Then lost a disputed decision to de la Hoya. When he couldn't get a deserved rematch with Oscar, he fought a title eliminator against WBA top contender Andrei Pestriaev. He then tested positive for Cocain, and his title shot against Quartey never materialized.
Oscar de la Hoya won his title against Whitaker. Instead of given the man who gave him a shot a chance to regain his title, he fought the following. David Kamau, who earned his shot by losing to Chavez at 140. Hector Camacho, such a great welterweight at the time
. Wilfredo Rivera, who had already lost to Whitaker. Patrick Charpentier, his #1 contender. Julio Cesar Chavez, a little too late. Then Ike Quartey. After winning a disputed decision against Ike, Oscar was asked about a rematch. His response, " You think it was a good fight, Larry? I don't think it was a good fight Larry." It was the best fight of of Oscar's career at that point. He defeated Oba Carr. He then got robbed against Trinidad.
I think Whitaker was the better welterweight champion.
Whitaker fought and won the junior middleweight title from Julio Cesar Vasquez. Oscar did not enter this division in the 90's. Advantage Whitaker.
Whitaker, best of the 90's.