Written by Hector Sanchez
On of the best remembered rivalries in boxing was between Erik "El Terrible" Morales (52-9, 36 KO's) and "The Baby Faced Assassin," Marco Antonio Barrera (67-7, 44 KO's), both from Mexico.
Whenever these two great champions entered the ring, and whoever their opponent was, they were in for a battle.
When Morales and Barrera met in the ring, the fans and the boxing world knew it was going to be a good fight, and it always was.
When they met for the first time for the WBC and WBO Super Bantamweight titles, Morales won by a split decision.
In the rematch fight, Barrera got his revenge and won by a unanimous decision.
Then after six fights and getting past former world champions Fort Worth's Pauly Ayala (35-3, 12 KO's) and Jesus Chavez (44-8, 30 KO's), Morales lost again to Barrera by a majority decision.
To show his greatness, in his very next fight, Morales won against the incredible Manny Pacquiao (62-7, 39 KO's) for the WBC and IBA Super Bantamweight titles.
In this upcoming exhibition fight with Morales on July 16, 2021, Barrera had a tune-up exhibition fight last weekend against former world champion Jesus Soto-Karass (29-13-4, 18 KO's) at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. The exhibition was a six round fight with two-minute rounds, which included spectators.
After the fight, the two boxing legends faced off in anticipation of their own exhibition fight which will be held in Arlington, Texas on July 16, 2021 at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, a city just west of Dallas, Texas.
After the fight, Barrera was quoted as saying "I took this fight to prepare my body for a future fight with Erik Morales. I felt good overall, and I know we will give fans a great fight as well!