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

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.