History | Nov 27 2018

On This Day: Marco Antonio Barrera defeats great rival Erik Morales to win the trilogy

Matt Christie unearths 10 facts about Marco Antonio Barrera-Erik Morales Part III
Erik Morales vs Marco Antonio Barrera
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1. ERIK MORALES hated Marco Antonio Barrera. The feeling was mutual. After two contentious contests the score was 1-1. Arguments could be made that the wrong man won each of the first two bouts but what did seem fair was they had a victory each. They fought for the final time, on November 27, 2004 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in front of 11,162 fans.

2. THIS was another close and bitterly contested affair. After 12 rounds of fury, Barrera’s arms were raised via majority decision (115-113, 115-114, 114-114).  Again the decision was controversial and Morales’ supporters claimed the judges had been sympathetic to Barrera due to the questions raised by the decision in fight one.

3. ONE interested spectator was then-WBO featherweight champion, Scott Harrison. The Scottish terror was out in Sin City with manager Frank Maloney hoping to snare a shot at Morales. Afterwards, when Barrera won, Maloney said: “I’m pleased Barrera won because his style suits Scott much better than Morales’. There’s no question about Scott’s heart and about Barrera’s heart.” At the post-fight press conference Harrison was spotted by Boxing News, ‘unwinding with a bottle of beer…’