The Spectacle That Was Oscar De La Hoya vs. Pernell Whitiker

 
 

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On June 12, 1997, De La Hoya moved up to the welterweight division and fought Pernell Whitaker (40–1–1). The fight proved to be a difficult one. De La Hoya won a disputed twelve round unanimous decision to capture the lineal and WBC titles. He also became the Ring Magazine’s number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter.