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View Poll Results: Sweet Pea`s best performance ?
Greg Haugen 5 16.67%
Jose Luis Ramirez II 9 30.00%
Azumah Nelson 3 10.00%
Julio Cesar Chavez 6 20.00%
Buddy McGirt II 5 16.67%
Other 2 6.67%
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:30 PM   #1
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Default Pernell Whitaker`s best performance !

Taking opponent quality into account, I think its the 2nd Buddy Mcgirt fight in 1994... this was the last of the REAL Sweet Pea, the p4p king Sweet Pea.

Mcgirt was ranked by some as p4p no2, easily top 5 on everyone`s list & gave Pea his closest fight in yrs (maybe ever) only a year earlier & claimed he had fought Pea with one arm. Both had a point to prove.

Everybody expected a close fight between 2 masters but after a couple of feeling out rds & even taking a flash KD in rd 2, Pea started to pull away & produced a complete masterclass in the art of boxing from about rd 3 or 4 onwards.

I love how he clearly beat Chavez but Julio was always there til the end & some rds were close... Nelson got dominated but the fact he was 31 & wasnt a LWT could be an argument.... Ramirez II & Haugen were sheer shutout masterclasses but again neither had Mcgirts quality.

Whitaker-Mcgirt II gets my vote
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:00 PM   #2
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I love the Haugen fight as you say a complete masterclass. Boxing at its very best.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:06 PM   #3
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I voted for Azumah Nelson.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:08 PM   #4
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Greg Haugen I think. A total outclassing.
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Nelson, Ramirez II, Haugen, Chavez, and Vazquez.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:56 PM   #6
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In the second Ramirez he was unhittable and constantly came back with fast combos against Ramirez. So that imo is his greatest performance.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:37 PM   #7
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I've always thought Ramirez II. He avenged his prior (albeit controversial) loss and showed obvious improvement from their first fight. His right hook was absolutely wicked in that fight.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:32 AM   #8
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In the second Ramirez he was unhittable and constantly came back with fast combos against Ramirez. So that imo is his greatest performance.
I always used to think that, its still one of my ALL TIME favourite masterclasses but McGirt was a superior boxer to Ramirez & Whitaker was 31 vs McGirt at 147, he was at his peak at 25/26 at his best weight of 135 vs Ramirez who had been around the block & back again several thousand times.

Judging by performance AND opponent, I think the McGirt performance even eclipses Chavez & Nelson.

Haugen was just in the same mold as the Ramirez fight... an utter man v boy match-up, beautiful to watch as a Pea fan.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:36 AM   #9
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Nelson, Ramirez II, Haugen, Chavez, and Vazquez.
Really ?

It was nice for history & all, Pea joining SRL, Duran & Hearns as the only men to win titles in 4 weights but I think he looked like shit compared to his usual standard at 154 vs Vasquez TBH.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:45 PM   #10
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I liked his showing against Pineda though it is very hard to argue if this may be his "best" performance.
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Really ?

It was nice for history & all, Pea joining SRL, Duran & Hearns as the only men to win titles in 4 weights but I think he looked like shit compared to his usual standard at 154 vs Vasquez TBH.

I certainly wouldnt say that was Pea's prettiest performance but considering all the factors it has to go down as one of his better wins..not his best IMO, probably not quite top 3 but up there.

Vasquez was a bull strong and mean 154 pounder..Quite underrated actually and considering Pea was so far away from his best weight and likely pretty coked up by that stage, to still come out a very clear winner really shows how good this guy was.
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:23 AM   #12
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I like Haugan complete defensive and offensive masterclass even dropping Haugan to stamp his authority on it. I also think Pernell was better at Lightweight.

but its close i could watch Pea's best performances all day.
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:43 AM   #13
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I'd edge towards McGirt II over Haugen due to Buddy's quality. I love the Harold Brazier fight aswell, something that fully showcased Whitaker's amazing offensive skills.
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:46 AM   #14
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I have 90% of Pernell's career on DVD and Ramirez 2 wins hands down.

If I could rewrite history De La Hoya would be an option and I'm a huge Oscar fan
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I like Haugan complete defensive and offensive masterclass even dropping Haugan to stamp his authority on it. I also think Pernell was better at Lightweight.

but its close i could watch Pea's best performances all day.
Agreed, but styles and the merely good ability of Haguen made Whitaker look really good. Maybe Haugen was Whitaker's best performance, but it wasn't among his top 3 wins. Props to Whitaker. He could make his man miss as well as anyone.
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