Floyd Mayweather has paid tribute to late Hall of Fame boxer and American great, Pernell Whitaker after he was killed in an accident in Virginia
The Virginia Beach Police Department said in a news release that the 55-year-old who won Olympic gold and championship belts in four weight classes was hit by a vehicle around 10 p.m. ET on Sunday at an intersection west of downtown Virginia Beach and pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene after the accident according to police, and the case is being investigated by the department’s Fatal Accident Crash Team.
“The investigation is still ongoing,” police spokesperson Linda Kuehn told USA TODAY Sports in an email. “However, it does not appear that drugs/alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.”
Sharing a photo with Whitaker, Mayweather wrote: ‘RIP champ, one of the best fighters to ever do it. This photo was taken 7/13/19.’
Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 holds the record for longest unified lightweight championship reign in the sport’s history at six title defenses.
He finished his career 40-4-1 with 17 knockouts. He lost his last bout via a technical knockout to Carlos Boujorquez in 2001.
He is survived by his wife and five children.