Remembering boxing legend Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker in photos

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Pernell Whitaker, who forged a reputation as arguably the greatest defensive boxer who ever lived, died late Sunday in Virginia Beach, Virginia, when he was struck by a car while crossing a bridge. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

He was 55.

Kevin Iole

Oscar De La Hoya (L) is hit with a right punch from Pernell Whitaker during the fight at Thomas & Mack Center,on April 12,1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Oscar De La Hoya won the WBC welterweight title by a UD 12. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Oscar De La Hoya (L) is hit with a right punch from Pernell Whitaker during the fight at Thomas & Mack Center,on April 12,1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Oscar De La Hoya won the WBC welterweight title by a UD 12. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker waves to the crowd during a parade before he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y., Sunday, June 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker waves to the crowd during a parade before he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y., Sunday, June 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Pernell Whitaker, right, leans away from a punch by Oscar De La Hoya during their WBC Welterweight Championship fight at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Saturday, April 12, 1997. De La Hoya won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker, right, leans away from a punch by Oscar De La Hoya during their WBC Welterweight Championship fight at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Saturday, April 12, 1997. De La Hoya won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
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Pernell Whitaker of Norfolk, Va., raises his arms in victory after defeating Clifford Gray of Boynton Beach, Fla., in the Olympic boxing trials in Fort Worth, Texas, June 7, 1984. Whitaker won the fight by decision. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker of Norfolk, Va., raises his arms in victory after defeating Clifford Gray of Boynton Beach, Fla., in the Olympic boxing trials in Fort Worth, Texas, June 7, 1984. Whitaker won the fight by decision. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Pernell "Sweetpea" Whitaker, right, throws a punch at the chin of Freddie Pendleton in the second round of their IBF/WBC Lightweight Boxing Championship in Atlantic City, N.J., Feb. 4, 1990. Whitaker retains his title with a 12-round decision. (AP Photo/Bruce Boyajian)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell "Sweetpea" Whitaker, right, throws a punch at the chin of Freddie Pendleton in the second round of their IBF/WBC Lightweight Boxing Championship in Atlantic City, N.J., Feb. 4, 1990. Whitaker retains his title with a 12-round decision. (AP Photo/Bruce Boyajian)
Pernell Whitaker in his dressing room prior to his 1994 12-round decision win over James "Buddy" McGrit at the scope arena in Norfolk, Virginia. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/ALLSPORT
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker in his dressing room prior to his 1994 12-round decision win over James "Buddy" McGrit at the scope arena in Norfolk, Virginia. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/ALLSPORT
Boxer Pernell Whitaker delivers an uppercut during his bout against Julio Cesar Chavez in San Antonio, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Holly Stein/ALLSPORT
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Boxer Pernell Whitaker delivers an uppercut during his bout against Julio Cesar Chavez in San Antonio, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Holly Stein/ALLSPORT
Pernell Whitaker throws a punch at Julio Cezar Vasquez during a fight. Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker throws a punch at Julio Cezar Vasquez during a fight. Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport
Pernell Whitaker sits in his corner during a fight against Wilfredo Rivera at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. Whitaker won the fight in twelve rounds. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker sits in his corner during a fight against Wilfredo Rivera at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. Whitaker won the fight in twelve rounds. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
Pernell Whitaker throws a punch at Wilfredo Rivera during a fight at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. Whitaker won the fight in twelve rounds. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker throws a punch at Wilfredo Rivera during a fight at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. Whitaker won the fight in twelve rounds. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
Pernell Whitaker is introduced before the fight against Rafael Williams at Sands Casino Hotel on August 16, 1986 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pernell Whitaker defeated Rafael Williams UD 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker is introduced before the fight against Rafael Williams at Sands Casino Hotel on August 16, 1986 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pernell Whitaker defeated Rafael Williams UD 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker (R) throws a right jab to Rafael Williams at Sands Casino Hotel on August 16, 1986 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pernell Whitaker defeated Rafael Williams UD 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker (R) throws a right jab to Rafael Williams at Sands Casino Hotel on August 16, 1986 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pernell Whitaker defeated Rafael Williams UD 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker looks on before the fight against Rafael Gandarilla at the Felt Forum, on October 9,1986 in New York, New York. Pernell Whitakerwon by a UD 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker looks on before the fight against Rafael Gandarilla at the Felt Forum, on October 9,1986 in New York, New York. Pernell Whitakerwon by a UD 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker (R) lands a right punch against Rafael Pineda during the fight at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, on July 18,1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pernell Whitaker won by a UD 12. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker (R) lands a right punch against Rafael Pineda during the fight at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, on July 18,1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pernell Whitaker won by a UD 12. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Andrey Pestryaev (L) lands a punch against Pernell Whitaker during the fight at the Foxwoods Resort, on October 17,1997 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Andrey Pestryaev (L) lands a punch against Pernell Whitaker during the fight at the Foxwoods Resort, on October 17,1997 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker on the cover of Ring Magazine in 1993. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker on the cover of Ring Magazine in 1993. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker on the cover of Ring Magazine in 1990. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker on the cover of Ring Magazine in 1990. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker poses during a portrait session in 1997 in New York. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker poses during a portrait session in 1997 in New York. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker (R) throws a punch against Azumah Nelson during the fight at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. Pernell Whitaker won the WBC lightweight title and IBF lightweight title. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker (R) throws a punch against Azumah Nelson during the fight at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. Pernell Whitaker won the WBC lightweight title and IBF lightweight title. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker poses with his jacket during a portrait session in New York. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker poses with his jacket during a portrait session in New York. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker photographed with Rob Byrd. (Photo By Damian Strohmeyer/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker photographed with Rob Byrd. (Photo By Damian Strohmeyer/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker is presented with the Ring belt in 1990. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker is presented with the Ring belt in 1990. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker looks on against Jake Rodriguez during the fight at Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pernell Whitaker won the WBC welterweight title. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker looks on against Jake Rodriguez during the fight at Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Pernell Whitaker won the WBC welterweight title. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)
Pernell Whitaker, Men's boxing medal ceremony, Memorial Sports Arena, at the 1984 Summer Olympics. (Photo by ABC via Getty Images)
Remembering Pernell Whitaker
Pernell Whitaker, Men's boxing medal ceremony, Memorial Sports Arena, at the 1984 Summer Olympics. (Photo by ABC via Getty Images)

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