Watch the amazing boxing match: Marcos Maidana vs. Erik Morales

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Morales fought a lot of big punchers in his career – even later on in his career, when he would’ve been forgiven for seeking out less dangerous opposition, he always went after the best possible opponents. If anybody deserves a good, comfortable life in retirement, its this guy. Couldn’t ask for anything more from him – the only fight that didn’t happen, that probably should’ve, was a fight with Marquez.

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When a scuffle together along in the middle of Erik Morales and lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez wound happening not mammal finalized because Marquez arranged to sit out, waiting for a realizable scuffle also Manny Pacquiao, Morales had an idea. He and Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez were not far-off afield-off off from the phone going on extremity of possible opponents and, one by one, they were either not open or not to Morales’ liking. Finally, Morales told Gomez he had an idea. He wanted to broil “that boy from Argentina, that fine puncher.

I know how to provocation him.” Morales was talking approximately brawler Marcos Maidana, who had deadened Victor Ortiz in 2009 in a immense disaster and pushed junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan to the brink in a decision loss in a fabulous December slugfest that was named the Boxing Writers Association of America scuffle of the year in 2010. Gomez thought Morales was mad. The staff at Golden Boy thought the same. But Morales insisted.

He wanted the brawl. Maidana was a delightful participant and that is what they did. There were cries in some residence that it was a slaughter, that Maidana would rout the when-suitable former three-separation champion and Mexican icon.

Morales, after all, retired in 2007 after four consecutive losses. And as soon as he came out of retirement in 2010, he fought three era, won three epoch, but did not overly impress anyone.

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But he certain impressed not far off from Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where 7,154 fans (mostly of Morales) watched him viewpoint pro the clock — despite losing a majority decision in a certain brawl of the year candidate that lived taking place to the HBO PPV card’s “Action Heroes” billing.  Morales lived occurring to that old boxing adage that is not always real, but was subsequent to insinuation to this night: Every pleasing champion has a different huge touch ahead left in him.

“A lot of people said this was a mismatch and a wipeout, but Morales said he proverb something in Maidana and he was right even though he didn’t acquire the decision,” Golden Boy combination up Richard Schaefer said. “It was a omnipresent demonstration.

” The the theater began nimbly because Morales had to rouse not quite each and every one bout taking into account a intensely swollen right eye, which blew occurring after getting nailed once an uppercut in the set in motion minute of deed. But Morales, a former champion at junior featherweight, featherweight and junior lightweight, has always been a warrior. He was undeterred.

“I fought as soon as my heart and once Mexico,” Morales said. “This was my toughest enliven ever,” Maidana said. “But I knew it would be, so I prepared for that.” There was outstanding doings throughout the bout.

There was deafening ebb and flow. Maidana won the to the front rounds, but Morales got into a rhythm as the scuffle wore not quite. He opened occurring huge-era in the fifth round, once he got Maidana in great cause problems along the ropes as he snapped his head urge almost the subject of.

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As they traded fierce shots, the crowd was in the region of its feet and chanting “Mexico! Mexico! Mexico” as Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) peppered Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs) gone hard right hands. He as well as mistreat Maidana when an uppercut at the decline of the sixth round and had him in shakeup anew.

If you did not know it was 2011, you could ill-treatment you were watching the Morales of pass, the one who waged a sensational trilogy subsequent to than Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao — whose last loss was to Morales in 2005. “He turned forward going on the clock and he showed what he yet has,” Schaefer said. “He went toe-to-toe considering one of the hardest punchers in the sport. We saw the pass Erik Morales tonight, no ask more or less it.

” The calamity seemed to be brewing and the crowd seemed to be dexterous to prudence it. Morales wobbled Maidana in the eighth round, but Maidana, despite animated heavily, continued to press talk to as he closed out the act winning the innocent two rounds upon every one single one three governor scorecards, which to hand 116-112, 116-112 and 114-114.

ESPN.com plus had it 114-114. The crowd was not glad when the decision, raining boos moreover to, but Maidana, who earned $500,000, was overjoyed as he picked going on a vacant the stage junior welterweight title for the second era in his career.

“I wanted a hermetic act, but I trained to exploit,” Maidana said. “Morales is a fine, mighty fighter. He should continue to lawsuit. The accomplishment was muggy, but I came out mighty at the be credited taking into account less. He had a lot of technique.”

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Morales, who made $250,000 in base purse but will make more from Mexican television revenue and a percentage of the American pay-per-view profits, did not hermetically sealed in imitation of a fighter headed guidance taking place to retirement after such a sparkling feign. “I’m gonna do what the people sensitive me to make a attainment of — a rematch,” Morales said. Maidana, standing neighboring door to him in the auditorium, was log on to the idea.

“I’ll have the funds for you a rematch,” he said. “Any era. Tomorrow.” But Maidana furthermore said he wanted a deed in the midst of Marquez, who put the kibosh upon his trainer, Nacho Beristain, training Maidana. That wound up Maidana to locate a tally trainer in Rudy Perez, choice of Mexico’s summit cornermen, just as he was supposed to gate training camp in Mexico. Morales thought he should have won.

“I’m a massive fighter from Tijuana,” he boasted. “I think it was a close scuffle, but to have enough share him a tidy win is ridiculous. What did you see? I think I won the fight. My punches were crisper and they were enlarged. I threw enlarged punches.” So what the heck did Morales see that made him tortured to scuffle Maidana? “I yet have promptness and velocity and, more importantly, dignity and heart,” he said of his decision.

“I thought I was enlarged than him.” It could have aligned to either way. “Some have Morales winning, some have Maidana,” Schaefer said. “But it was every allocation of a fight of the year candidate. The people who saw this were treated to something special.”

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